What is the international epidemiology of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Babesiosis is occasionally seen in areas of Europe and Asia where the tick vector and vertebrate host reside. [22]   Since 1957, when the first case of human babesiosis was reported in an asplenic farmer from the former Yugoslavia, approximately 53 cases have been reported, mostly in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and France. The majority of the cases involved bovine Babesia and occurred in individuals who were splenectomized. [15]

Sporadic case reports of babesiosis in Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, and Egypt have also been documented.


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