JOURNAL ARTICLE
REVIEW

Babesia microti - Borrelia Burgdorferi Coinfection

Nikhat Parveen, Purnima Bhanot
Pathogens 2019 July 31, 8 (3)
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The incidence and geographic distribution of human babesiosis is growing in the U.S. Its major causative agent is the protozoan parasite, Babesia microti . B. microti is transmitted to humans primarily through the bite of Ixodes scapularis ticks, which are vectors for a number of other pathogens. Other routes of B. microti transmission are blood transfusion and in rare cases of mother-to-foetus transmission, through the placenta. This review discusses the current literature on mammalian coinfection with B. microti and Borrelia burgdorferi , the causative agent Lyme disease.

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