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Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Aug;18(8):1318-21. doi: 10.3201/eid1808.110988.

Vertical transmission of Babesia microti, United States.

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  • 1New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York 10595, USA.


Babesiosis is usually acquired from a tick bite or through a blood transfusion. We report a case of babesiosis in an infant for whom vertical transmission was suggested by evidence of Babesia spp. antibodies in the heel-stick blood sample and confirmed by detection of Babesia spp. DNA in placenta tissue.

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