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Babesiosis 

Babesiosis
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Babesiosis
Author(s):

Philippe Brasseur

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070803_update_002

Update:

Chapter reviewed in July 2014—minor updates made.

Updated on 27 Nov 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 17 November 2017

Babesia are intraerythrocytic, tick-transmitted, protozoan parasites that infect a broad range of wild and domesticated mammals including cattle, horses, dogs, and rodents. Human babesial infection is uncommon, caused by B. microti in North America and B. divergens in Europe, with most infections occurring in asplenic people. Presentation is typically with nonspecific ‘viral-type’ symptoms. Haemolytic anaemia is a characteristic feature and can be severe, particularly with ...

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