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Babesiosis primarily infects animals, but in rare cases it may occur in humans. It is a tick-borne disease caused by microscopic parasites belonging to Babesia family. It may also be acquired by blood transfusion, particularly in endemic areas. As Babesia parasites infect red blood cells, it can cause haemolytic anaemia. Some people develop following malaria-like symptoms: 1) Fever 2) Chills 3) Sweats 4) Headache 5) Nausea, or fatigue 6) Loss of appetite 7) Muscle pain However, many infected individuals don’t show any symptoms.
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?
Treatment is based on the infections which range from asymptomatic to severe and are sometimes fatal. It also depends on immune status of the patient. In mild to moderate case, a combination of Atovaquone and Azithromycin is used. In life-threatening case, infected red blood cells are replaced with uninfected ones.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition can be found in USA and parts of Europe.