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Babesiosis

Babesiosis

Vector Insect(s) - Deer Tick (Black-Legged Tick)

Most common in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, this disease is caused by microscopic parasites carried by deer ticks, especially in the warmer months.

Serious Side Effects

Unstable blood pressure, severe anemia, blood clots and bleeding, sometimes fatal; risk greatest in older people and those with compromised immunity.

Symptoms appear

One week to several months after a bite.

Treatments

The antibiotic azithromycin plus the antiparasitic atovaquone or, in severe cases, the antibiotic clindamycin plus quinine.

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