What is Babesiosis?

Babesiosis in humans is a rare, potentially fatal disease that is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Babesiosis is a common infection in animals.

  • Babesiosis [bab-EE-see-OH-sis] is a rare parasitic disease that is transmitted to people by infected ticks.
  • Babesiosis occurs mainly in coastal areas in the northeastern United States, especially the offshore islands of New York and Massachusetts.
  • Elderly persons and people with weakened immune systems can get severe complications from Babesiosis.
  • No vaccine against Babesiosis is available. To prevent Babesiosis, avoid exposure to ticks and remove attached ticks right away.

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1. What is Babesiosis?
2. What is the infectious agent that causes Babesiosis?
3. Where is Babesiosis found?
4. How do people get Babesiosis?
5. What are the signs and symptoms of Babesiosis?
6. How soon after exposure do symptoms appear?
7. How is Babesiosis diagnosed?
8. Who is at risk for Babesiosis?
9. What complications can result from Babesiosis?
10. What is the treatment for Babesiosis?
11. How common is Babesiosis?
12. Is Babesiosis an emerging infectious disease?
13. How can Babesiosis be treated?