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can humans get babesia?

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Dr. Reid Holtzclaw-swan
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Babesia is a tickborne illness that humans can get. They are transmitted by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Answered on Jul 5, 2020
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Babesiosis is an illness that can be spread when nymphs or adult ticks carrying a protozoan called babesia bite a human being. The vector is mammals. Sx's: fatigue, chills, muscle/joint pain, fever. Less common: nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice, headache. More severe: sweats, difficulty breathing & chest/hip pain. Can dx with PCR/ antibodies.
Answered on Jul 6, 2020

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