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BMC Infect Dis. 2013 Feb 22;13:99. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-99.

Babesia microti: an unusual travel-related disease.

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  • 1Service de médecine interne, AP-HM, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille cedex 5, 13385, France.



Human babesiosis is a rare tick-borne infectious disease. The clinical presentation ranges from an asymptomatic form to a life threatening infection with severe hemolysis. Human babesiosis due to Babesia microti is the most common and is endemic in North America.


We report a European patient with severe pancytopenia and reactive hemophagocytosis related to a Babesia microti infection. Babesia infection was acquired during a travel in the USA.


Babesiosis should be considered in patients who traveled in endemic areas, especially North America for the most common agent Babesia microti.

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