[Babesosis—difficulty of diagnosis]

A Cichocka, B Skotarczak
Wiadomości Parazytologiczne 2001, 47 (3): 527-33
Human babesiosis is caused predominantly by B. microti and B. divergens, a protozooan parasites of red blood cells. Both are transmitted by Ixodes ricinus ticks, also the primary vector of Lyme disease. Clinical manifestation varied widely from asymptomatic infection to a serve rapidly fatal disease. The diagnosis of babesiosis include examination of stained blood smers, serological evaluation indirect antibody tests and PCR. With the evolution PCR--based techniques, the diagnosis and monitoring of babesial infections became more sensitive and reliable.

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