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This condition is related to a Malaria type of tick that can cause the symptoms and ailment. It is a zoonotic infection that is caused due to the organisms usually found to contaminate and infect cattle and other animals. It is caused in certain geographical locations and can turn out to be fatal. The symptoms usually include headaches, muscle pain, fever, nausea, anorexia and others.
HOW IS BABESIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Only specialized labs of internal medicine can diagnose Babesiosis. It can be identified by a Giemsa - stained thin blood smear. Other investigations include: 1. CBC 2. Serologic testing 3. Platelet count testing
HOW IS BABESIOSIS TREATED?
The treatment of choice by a general physician is a combination of atovaquone and azithromycin. In life threatening cases exchange transfusion is performed.
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.