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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tick-borne protozoan infection of animals, such as Texas fever of cattle, that is caused by species of Babesia.
  • noun A human protozoan disease of red blood cells caused by species of Babesia that is transmitted by deer ticks and is characterized by fever, malaise, and hemolytic anemia. In the United States, it occurs chiefly in the Northeast and Midwest.

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  • noun pathology A malaria-like parasitic disease caused by Babesia, a genus of protozoa.

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  • Babesiosis (say: "bab-e-see-oh-sis") is a rare illness that is caused by a parasite that lives in some ticks. Deer ticks carry the parasite that causes this illness.

    Despite the name, pigs are not implicated as transmission vectors.

    November 21, 2007