Human Babesiosis: Pathogens, Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  title={Human Babesiosis: Pathogens, Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment},
  author={Rosalynn Louise Ord and Cheryl Ann Lobo},
  journal={Current Clinical Microbiology Reports},
Human babesiosis is a zoonotic disease caused by protozoan parasites of the Babesia genus, primarily in the Northeastern and Midwest USA due to Babesia microti and Western Europe due to Babesia divergens. Parasites are transmitted by the bite of the ixodid tick when the vector takes a blood meal from the vertebrate host, and the economic importance of bovine babesiosis is well understood. The pathology of human disease is a direct result of the parasite’s ability to invade host’s red blood… CONTINUE READING
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