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Babesiosis is a parasitic disease similar to malaria, caused by babesia, which is a genus of Apicomplexa. The disease is spread to humans by ticks, when bitten by nymph or adult ticks. Human Babesiosis is uncommon and occurs in only in limited geographic regions. Common symptoms are: • Muscle pain • Headache • Nausea • Vomiting • Anorexia • Sore throat • Pink eye • Depression • Jaundice • Enlarged Liver • Enlarged spleen
HOW IS BABESIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Babesiosis can be done in specialized laboratories. General physicians may order for serologic testing for antibodies against babesia, polymerase chain reaction test. Other tests include blood tests, complete blood count and platelet tests.
HOW IS BABESIOSIS TREATED?
Many people affected with Babesiosis may not fall sick and may not require treatment. However, there are effective therapies that are helpful which are a combination of quinine and clindamycin or a combination of atovaquone and azithromycin. One can remove the ticks by grasping the mouthparts with tweezers and pulling it off.
DID YOU KNOW?
Babesiosis can be transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. Transmission can also occur via transfusion of contaminated blood, possibly, from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. Human babesiosis is infrequent and occurs in limited geographic locations.