What is Babesiosis?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells and are spread by certain ticks. In the United States, tickborne transmission is most common in particular regions and seasons: it mainly occurs in parts of the Northeast and upper Midwest and usually peaks during the warm months.
Although many people who are infected with Babesia (protozoan parasite that infects red blood cells causing Babesiosis) do not have symptoms, for those who do effective treatment is available. Symptoms of babesiosis are similar to those of Lyme disease but babesiosis more often starts with a high fever and chills. As the infection progresses, patients may develop fatigue, headache, drenching sweats, muscle aches, chest pain, hip pain and shortness of breath. People who do not have any symptoms or signs of babesiosis usually do not need to be treated. Babesiosis is preventable, if simple steps are taken to reduce exposure to ticks.
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