A 38-year-old member asked:
can humans get babesia?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Reid Holtzclaw-swan answered
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 answered
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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