Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Neurological manifestations of human babesiosis

Here's an academic article and additional resources about Babesia that came to my attention today. It's not free to read, unfortunately. Purchasing the article will cost you about $30. The article is about four pages long. 

Volume 114, 2013, Pages 199–203
Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology

Babesiosis is a worldwide emerging infectious disease caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa that are transmitted by Ixodid ticks, or less commonly through blood transfusion or transplacentally. Although headache and lethargy are common symptoms, babesiosis is uncommonly associated with specific neurological dysfunction in humans. Decreased level of consciousness or coma are rare complications that are associated with severe and often fatal disease but the pathogenesis is unclear.

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