Babesiosis

B. microti - protozoa

Etiology

  • Spirochete
  • Tick (Ixodes) borne

Risk Factors

  • Endemic Northeast/Northern Mid-west US
  • Can co-infect w/lyme and anaplasmosis
  • Walking in an endemic area wearing shorts, t-shirts and not using tick repellent (e.g. DEET containing products)

Symptoms

  • 1-4 w after infxn
  • Subacute f, c, sweats, HA, muscle aches
  • In severe cases hemolytic anemia, kidney, liver injury, respiratory distress

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