from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tick-borne protozoan infection of animals, such as Texas fever of cattle, that is caused by species of Babesia.
- n. A human protozoan disease of red blood cells caused by Babesia species that is transmitted by the northern deer tick, characterized by fever, malaise, and hemolytic anemia, and prevalent on the coastal islands of the northeast United States.
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- n. A malaria-like parasitic disease caused by Babesia, a genus of protozoa.
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Diseases that have previously been thought to have limited impact, such as babesiosis, must be watched closely in a changing climate to assess how environmental conditions may tip the scale and cause more significant impacts on ecosystems, animals, and people.
Between 2001 and 2008, researchers noted a 20-fold increase in babesiosis in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York.
Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20, 314 cases of babesiosis from ticks were reported.
Although numbers are not certain, people appear about 100 times more likely to get babesiosis from ticks than from blood transfusion, Herwaldt says.
It wasn't until this January that babesiosis became a disease that doctors were required to report to their local health department.
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Getting babesiosis through the blood supply is a rare event and people shouldn't panic, he said.
Although a blood screening test is in trials, Krause said, donors are currently only asked if they have had babesiosis, and those who harbored it but never showed symptoms can pass it through their donated blood.
And because most blood recipients are already physically compromised, babesiosis has about a 30 percent mortality rate in that group, he said.
To help prevent babesiosis, the CDC advises people with compromised immune systems or other vulnerabilities to avoid tick-infested wooded areas, particularly during warm months.
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