Babesiosis

Common Name(s)

Babesiosis

Babesiosis is a disease caused by a parasite that infects red blood cells. It is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick and occurs in coastal areas in the northeastern United States. Symptoms usually begin to appear from 1 to 8 weeks after being bitten by an infected tick. Most of those who are bitten show very mild signs or no signs at all. If symptoms are present, they include fever, chills, headache, achy joins and muscles, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine. These symptoms can last several months. People without a healthy spleen, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop potentially life-threatening symptoms. Babesiosis can be treated with medication.

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The terms "Babesiosis" returned 74 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Babesiosis Surveillance - Wisconsin, 2001-2015.
 

Author(s): Elizabeth Stein, Lina I Elbadawi, James Kazmierczak, Jeffrey P Davis

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Babesiosis is an emerging zoonotic disease caused primarily by Babesia microti, an intraerythocytic protozoan. Babesia microti, like the causal agents for Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, is endemic to the northeastern and upper midwestern United States where it is usually transmitted ...

Last Updated: 6 Jul 2017

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Post-Babesiosis Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.
 

Author(s): Ann E Woolley, Mary W Montgomery, William J Savage, Maureen O Achebe, Kathleen Dunford, Sarah Villeda, James H Maguire, Francisco M Marty

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2017 03;376(10):939-946.

 

Background Babesiosis, a tickborne zoonotic disease caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus babesia, is characterized by nonimmune hemolytic anemia that resolves with antimicrobial treatment and clearance of parasitemia. The development of warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic ...

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2017

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First Report of Babesia microti-Caused Babesiosis in Spain.
 

Author(s): Marta Arsuaga, Luis M Gonzalez, Cheryl A Lobo, Fernando de la Calle, Jose M Bautista, Isabel G Azcárate, Sabino Puente, Estrella Montero

Journal: Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis.. 2016 Oct;16(10):677-9.

 

Babesiosis is an emerging zoonosis now found in several areas of the world. Using PCR and indirect immunofluorescence assay, we have diagnosed the first case of human babesiosis caused by Babesia microti in Spain. Diagnosis was delayed because of the nonspecific clinical symptoms ...

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2016

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The terms "Babesiosis" returned 12 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hematologic manifestations of babesiosis.
 

Author(s): Tamer Akel, Neville Mobarakai

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Babesiosis, a zoonotic parasitic infection transmitted by the Ixodes tick, has become an emerging health problem in humans that is attracting attention worldwide. Most cases of human babesiosis are reported in the United States and Europe. The disease is caused by the protozoa of ...

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2017

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Human babesiosis.
 

Author(s): Wioletta Rożej-Bielicka, Hanna Stypułkowska-Misiurewicz, Elżbieta Gołąb

Journal: Przegl Epidemiol. 2015 ;69(3):489-94, 605-8.

 

Babesiosis is an emerging parasitic, anthropo-zoonotic tick-borne disease, seldom diagnosed in humans. Caused by Protozoa, Babesia (also called Piroplasma) intraerytrocytic piriform microorganism. Infection of vertebrates is transmitted by ticks. Out of more than 100 Babesia species/genotypes ...

Last Updated: 1 Nov 2015

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Babesiosis.
 

Author(s): Edouard G Vannier, Maria A Diuk-Wasser, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Peter J Krause

Journal: Infect. Dis. Clin. North Am.. 2015 Jun;29(2):357-70.

 

Babesiosis is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoan parasites that are transmitted by ticks, or less commonly through blood transfusion or transplacentally. Human babesiosis was first recognized in a splenectomized patient in Europe but most cases have been reported from the northeastern ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2015

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