You may not have heard of babesiosis; it’s a rare condition that is spread specifically through ticks. However, despite the strangely endearing-sounding name, the disease can potentially be life-threatening and should be taken extremely seriously. It produces symptoms quite similar to malaria, and is caused by microscopic parasites which invade red blood cells. Animals have been found to carry many different strains of babesiosis, with only a few of those strains being detected in humans. Babesiosis is also notorious as a prominent Lyme co-infection. Both diseases can be transmitted simultaneously through a single tick bite. Because Lyme disease is often the main cause for concern, a test for babesiosis can often be overlooked. However, it’s important to eradicate Lyme and its co-infections concurrently, making the testing and diagnostic stage crucial.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Babesiosis: How It Works”
What is the Babesia Parasite?
Babesia is a single-celled parasite that infects the red blood cells. The most common strain known to cause illness in the United States is Babesia microti. Infection with Babesia is called babesiosis.Continue reading “What to Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected with the Babesia Parasite”
Spring is finally here. As the temperature climbs and the days lengthen, leaves are unfurling and flowers are beginning to bloom. After a long and bleak winter, the northern half of the world is suddenly exploding with color.
Unfortunately, the arrival of spring means another kind of explosion is happening: the tick population is suddenly increasing as recently-laid eggs start to hatch. Particularly problematic for humans are black-legged ticks, also known as deer or Ixodes ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease and other infections with a single bite.Continue reading “Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Babesiosis?”