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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  • 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