About Babesiosis

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Transmission
Prevention
Signs and symptoms
Diagnosis
Treatment
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Transmission

Prevention

Signs and symptoms

Babesiosis is a protozoan infection.  Signs and symptoms may include:

  • High fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia

  • Signs and symptoms may go away without treatment, but some cases may be severe. 

  • People who are elderly or immune-compromised (including people without a spleen) are most likely to have a severe infection.

Diagnosis

  • If babesiosis is suspected, see your doctor immediately. 

  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the time a person is ill and the severity of the disease.

  • Some people may be infected with two or more tick-borne infections at the same time, which can make diagnosis and treatment difficult.

Treatment

  • Babesiosis is treated with antimicrobial drugs. 

More from other web sites:

  • CDC Babesiosis
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information about Babesiosis. Attention: Non-MDH link

 

Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:20PM