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Babesiosis in immunocompetent patients, Europe

Martin Martinot, Mahsa Mohseni Zadeh, Yves Hansmann, Isabelle Grawey, Daniel Christmann, Sarah Aguillon, Maggy Jouglin, Alain Chauvin, Dominique De Briel
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2011, 17 (1): 114-6
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We report 2 cases of babesiosis in immunocompetent patients in France. A severe influenza-like disease developed in both patients 2 weeks after they had been bitten by ticks. Diagnosis was obtained from blood smears, and Babesia divergens was identified by PCR in 1 case. Babesiosis in Europe occurs in healthy patients, not only in splenectomized patients.

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