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J Perinatol. 2012 Sep;32(9):731-3. doi: 10.1038/jp.2012.33.

A cluster of transfusion-associated babesiosis in extremely low birthweight premature infants.

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  • 1Division of Neonatology, Pediatrix Medical Group, CJW Medical Center, Richmond, VA 23225, USA. Pankaj_kumar@pediatrix.com


Babesiosis is a parasitic infection of the red blood cells most often acquired by a tick bite. As it has also been known to be transmitted vertically and via transfusion, neonates have occasionally been reported with the infection. Here, we report a series of three premature neonates who acquired babesiosis via blood transfusion from a single donor, one of whom had difficulty clearing the infection and required multiple antimicrobials.

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