What are the initial symptoms of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Initial symptoms begin gradually and are nonspecific. Common symptoms include the following:

·       Malaise

·       Fatigue

·       Anorexia

·       Shaking chills

·       Fever – This may be sustained or intermittent, and temperatures may be as high as 40°C.

·       Diaphoresis

·       Headache

·       Myalgias

·       Arthralgias

·       Nausea

·       Vomiting

·       Abdominal pain

·       Depression and emotional lability

·       Dark urine

·       Neck stiffness

·       Altered sensorium

·       Shortness of breath

·       Less commonly, photophobia, conjunctival injection, sore throat, or cough

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