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Variable clinical presentations of babesiosis

Paparone, Pamela, DNP, APN; Paparone, Philip W., DO

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000545000.07640.11
Feature: TICK-BORNE INFECTION

Abstract: Human babesiosis continues to spread in multiple regions of the US. It is transmitted by Ixodes species ticks, as are Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Its variable clinical presentations, together with serologic detection limitations, require that a high index of clinical suspicion be present for prompt diagnosis. This article discusses case examples showing the wide range of symptoms and presentations that are possible with babesiosis.

Human babesiosis continues to spread in multiple regions of the US. It is transmitted by Ixodes species ticks, as are Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Its variable clinical presentations, together with serologic detection limitations, require that a high index of clinical suspicion be present for prompt diagnosis. This article discusses case examples showing the wide range of symptoms and presentations that are possible with babesiosis.

Pamela Paparone is an NP at the Atlantic County Health Department, Northfield, N.J.

Philip W. Paparone is a communicable disease physician at the Atlantic County Health Department, Northfield, N.J.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

This article is reprinted with minor updates from Paparone P, Paparone PW. Variable clinical presentations of babesiosis: A case series. Nurs Pract. ePub 2017. 10.1097/01.NPR.0000525721.83984.14.

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