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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
The 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.

Acknowledgement: The authors appreciate the help from Steelsen Smith who helped develop

Corresponding Author: Julia R. Glanternik, MD, FAAP,, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

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