What are the most common symptoms of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In a series of 139 patients who were hospitalized with babesiosis in New York, the following were the most common symptoms [24] :

·       Fatigue, malaise, and weakness (91%)

·       Fever (91%)

·       Shaking chills (77%)

·       Diaphoresis (69%)

In some untreated patients, symptoms of babesiosis may last for months. Subclinical infections may spontaneously recrudesce after splenectomy and after immunosuppressive therapy.


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