Babesiosis

Babesiosis is a rare parasitic disease that can be passed to humans by deer ticks.

Babesiosis may not always cause symptoms. When present, symptoms usually start 1 to 4 weeks after the tick bite. Symptoms of babesiosis include:

  • A general feeling of illness (malaise).
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Tiredness.
  • Fever, chills, and sweats that come and go.
  • Muscle aches (myalgias).

Babesiosis usually is treated with antibiotic medicines

Last Updated: January 13, 2010

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Sean P. Bush - Emergency Medicine, Envenomation Specialist & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

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