A new study by Richard Horowitz, MD and Phyllis Freeman, MD has been published in Antibiotics that evaluates the efficacy of using short-term high dose pulsed dapsone combination therapy (HDDCT) in the treatment of Chronic Lyme disease/Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome(PTLDS). This new study builds upon past studies conducted by Dr. Horowitz et al. and […]
Babesia Duncani Study to Better Understand Susceptibility & Virulence of Intraerythrocytic Parasites
Anasuya C. Pal, et al., published a study using Babesia duncani as a model to further assess intraerythrocytic parasites in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The researchers investigated the development, virulence, and susceptibility of the organism in vitro and in vivo to gain a better understanding of its biology and pathogenesis
This study evaluates the effectiveness of tafenoquine (antimalarial primaquine analog) for treatment in an immunocompromised patient infected by a strain of Babesia microti that was partially resistant to both azithromycin and atovaquone treatment.
A new CDC study shows that in comparison with state reporting data, the number of hospitalized patients with Babesia has increased “modestly” over a 7-year period. Researchers performed this analysis in the United States during 2010–2016. The National Inpatient Sample database was used to characterize the epidemiology of Babesia–associated admissions, reflecting severe Babesia-related disease. Results showed […]
This review summarizes the health burden of human babesiosis emerging on a global scale. Authors discuss tools used to monitor the frequency and location of disease as well as demographics, modes of transmission and the location of human babesiosis. Authors further describe the causative Babesia spp. in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and […]
In a recently published review article,* authors provide a comprehensive summary of treatment options for pregnant patients with less common bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, including several tick-borne diseases (Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, human monocytic ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever). This review provides guidance to clinicians based on the most recently […]
New study summarizes human surveillance data from 2011-2018 in the United States for Babesia infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). Data shows an increasing trend of reported Babesia cases (14,159 total) during this time period, with white men in the middle and […]
In this newly published review, authors address the geographic distribution of the human-infecting Babesia spp., their phylogenetic relationship, and their tick vector worldwide. Authors found that the number of human Babesiosis cases appearing in the literature has increased exponentially in the last 10 years, with the US leading the world in reported case numbers.
A study by Mikhail et al in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Feb. 2021, from 2006 to 2017 showed 19,469 beneficiaries had babesiosis recorded, a substantial increase. The highest states by rates were Massachusetts (62), Rhode Island (61), Connecticut (51), New York (30), and New Jersey (19). States previously considered nonendemic saw increases: New Hampshire, Maine, […]