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A Cluster of Cases of Babesia Microti Among Neonates Traced to a Single Unit of Donor Blood.

Glanternik, Julia R. MD, FAAP; Baine, Ian L MD, PhD; Tormey, Christopher A. MD; Rychalsky, Michelle R. PharmD; Baltimore, Robert S. MD, FAAP, FSHEA, FIDSA
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Post Acceptance: September 21, 2017
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001803
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Three premature infants in one neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) developed transfusion-transmitted babesiosis. Two of the infants developed high-grade parasitemia. All three affected infants were treated and cured with azithromycin and atovaquone. No infant required exchange transfusion. Clinicians should be cognizant that babesiosis may be acquired via blood transfusion.

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