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.
Other Tick-Borne Diseases
Meat allergy caused by the bite of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. The tick’s saliva triggers immune response to a carbohydrate, alpha-gal, found in red meat. Although eating red meat is the most common allergic trigger to alpha-gal, ingredients found in everyday products such as dairy, gelatin, soap, cosmetics, lotions, household products, and […]
In a newly published US study, Anaplasma phagocytophilum–human agent variant has been detected for the first time in the highly invasive Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis). Active tick surveillance was conducted throughout Pennsylvania during the time period of May 1 through Sept. 6, 2019. Researchers tested 265 ticks for rickettsial pathogens through PCR testing and […]
In this case report, authors describe a human fatality associated with an acute tick-borne infection, human granulocytic anaplasmosis caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. This case occurred in a resident of Vermont. The person presented with multiple comorbidities. Authors recommend that clinicians be aware of the risk factors for severe presentations of this infection and […]
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Dowling, A., Young, et al., published a report in Journal of Medical Entomology with the results of a cooperative effort to survey ticks throughout Arkansas to better understand the heavy impacts of TBDs such as spotted fever rickettsiosis and ehrlichiosis in the mid-south. Logistical and financial barriers, and expanding geographic area of concern, prompted researchers to collaborate with members of the public to gather data on human disease-causing pathogens carried by ticks.
The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) published a news release alerting Lyme & other tick-borne diseases researchers of anticipated FY22 monies that may become available through the program so that researchers can plan and develop possible grant submissions. The CDMRP-TBDRP states that “Applicants are particularly encouraged to submit applications focused on […]
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
Scott et al., reports the first detection of Babesia odocoilei in humans with Babesiois symptoms. This adds to the list of several Babesia species worldwide that are pathogenic to humans.
Babesiosis is a Malaria-like illness caused by a parasite, either Babesia microti, B. duncani, B. divergens, MO-1. It is sometimes fatal in the elderly or those with no spleen. Babesiosis may be more severe in patients with co-existing Lyme disease. Symptoms include: fever, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, sweats and anemia. Tests for Babesiosis: blood smears, IFA (IgG […]
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, […]