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Wiad Parazytol. 2001;47(3):527-33.

[Babesosis--difficulty of diagnosis].

[Article in Polish]

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  • 1Katedra Genetyki, Uniwersytet Szczeciński, 71-065 Szczecin, al. Piastów 40B.


Human babesiosis is caused predominantly by B. microti and B. divergens, a protozooan parasites of red blood cells. Both are transmitted by Ixodes ricinus ticks, also the primary vector of Lyme disease. Clinical manifestation varied widely from asymptomatic infection to a serve rapidly fatal disease. The diagnosis of babesiosis include examination of stained blood smers, serological evaluation indirect antibody tests and PCR. With the evolution PCR--based techniques, the diagnosis and monitoring of babesial infections became more sensitive and reliable.

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