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Babesiosis is a rare, severe and fatal tick-borne disease caused by various types of Babesia, a microscopic parasite that infects red blood cells. It can be more serious with elderly people or with those who have had their spleen removed. It takes one to eight weeks for the symptoms to appear which are fever, fatigue and haemolytic anaemia lasting from several days to several months.
HOW IS BABESIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Babesiosis usually is diagnosed by examining blood specimens and finding Babesia parasites inside red blood cells. Peripheral blood smear or immunologic testing is necessary. Examination of complete blood count (CBC) count is done to determine the severity of infection.
HOW IS BABESIOSIS TREATED?
The most severe cases are usually administered exchange transfusion to replace the red blood cells that are removed and replaced with cells that are uninfected. Also, Imizol is a medication that can be used to treat this condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition can be found in USA and parts of Europe.