Babesiosis

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Babesiosis

Babesiosis is a disease caused by a parasite that infects red blood cells. It is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick and occurs in coastal areas in the northeastern United States. Symptoms usually begin to appear from 1 to 8 weeks after being bitten by an infected tick. Most of those who are bitten show very mild signs or no signs at all. If symptoms are present, they include fever, chills, headache, achy joins and muscles, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine. These symptoms can last several months. People without a healthy spleen, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop potentially life-threatening symptoms. Babesiosis can be treated with medication.

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The terms "Babesiosis" returned 93 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

In Vitro Mode of Action and Anti-thrombotic Activity of Boophilin, a Multifunctional Kunitz Protease Inhibitor from the Midgut of a Tick Vector of Babesiosis, Rhipicephalus microplus.
 

Author(s): Teresa C Assumpção, Dongying Ma, Daniella M Mizurini, R Manjunatha Kini, José M C Ribeiro, Michail Kotsyfakis, Robson Q Monteiro, Ivo M B Francischetti

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Hematophagous mosquitos and ticks avoid host hemostatic system through expression of enzyme inhibitors targeting proteolytic reactions of the coagulation and complement cascades. While most inhibitors characterized to date were found in the salivary glands, relatively few others have ...

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2016

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Babesiosis Occurrence among the Elderly in the United States, as Recorded in Large Medicare Databases during 2006-2013.
 

Author(s): Mikhail Menis, Richard A Forshee, Sanjai Kumar, Stephen McKean, Rob Warnock, Hector S Izurieta, Rahul Gondalia, Chris Johnson, Paul D Mintz, Mark O Walderhaug, Christopher M Worrall, Jeffrey A Kelman, Steven A Anderson

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Human babesiosis, caused by intraerythrocytic protozoan parasites, can be an asymptomatic or mild-to-severe disease that may be fatal. The study objective was to assess babesiosis occurrence among the U.S. elderly Medicare beneficiaries, ages 65 and older, during 2006-2013.

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2015

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The Emergence of Clinically Relevant Babesiosis in Southwestern Wisconsin.
 

Author(s): Todd J Kowalski, Dean A Jobe, Emily C Dolan, Anne Kessler, Steven D Lovrich, Steven M Callister

Journal: WMJ. 2015 Aug;114(4):152-7.

 

To determine the frequency and characteristics of babesiosis cases, and to assess the impact of the introduction of a tick-borne infection diagnostic panel on babesiosis diagnosis in the region surrounding La Crosse, Wisconsin, where babesiosis in non-travelers was previously rare.

Last Updated: 5 Oct 2015

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The terms "Babesiosis" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Human babesiosis.
 

Author(s): Wioletta Rożej-Bielicka, Hanna Stypułkowska-Misiurewicz, Elżbieta Gołąb

Journal: Przegl Epidemiol. 2015 ;69(3):489-94, 605-8.

 

Babesiosis is an emerging parasitic, anthropo-zoonotic tick-borne disease, seldom diagnosed in humans. Caused by Protozoa, Babesia (also called Piroplasma) intraerytrocytic piriform microorganism. Infection of vertebrates is transmitted by ticks. Out of more than 100 Babesia species/genotypes ...

Last Updated: 1 Nov 2015

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Babesiosis.
 

Author(s): Edouard G Vannier, Maria A Diuk-Wasser, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Peter J Krause

Journal: Infect. Dis. Clin. North Am.. 2015 Jun;29(2):357-70.

 

Babesiosis is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoan parasites that are transmitted by ticks, or less commonly through blood transfusion or transplacentally. Human babesiosis was first recognized in a splenectomized patient in Europe but most cases have been reported from the northeastern ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2015

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Human babesiosis, an emerging tick-borne disease in the People's Republic of China.
 

Author(s): Xia Zhou, Shang Xia, Ji-Lei Huang, Ernest Tambo, Hong-Xiang Zhuge, Xiao-Nong Zhou

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Babesiosis is a typical zoonotic, emerging disease caused by a tick-borne intraerythrocytic protozoan of Babesia spp. that also can be transmitted by blood transfusion. Babesiosis imposes an increasing public-health threat. We reviewed and mapped epidemiological studies on Babesia ...

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015

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