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Philippe Brasseur



Chapter reviewed in July 2014—minor updates made.

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date: 19 September 2021

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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