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Successful chemotherapy of transfusion babesiosis

M Wittner, K S Rowin, H B Tanowitz, J F Hobbs, S Saltzman, B Wenz, R Hirsch, E Chisholm, G R Healy
Annals of Internal Medicine 1982, 96 (5): 601-4
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We describe babesiosis transmitted by transfusion. The infected blood donor was identified and a minimum period of infectivity of the donor's blood was established. We report a new modality for chemotherapy consisting of quinine plus clindamycin, and a new endemic focus for this zoonosis on Fire Island, New York. There are insufficient data to establish a reasonably safe period after which visitors and residents of Babesia-endemic foci can become blood donors. Screening of such persons by a rapid serologic test, such as the ELISA or immunofluorescent antibody tests, is suggested.

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