Latest Babesiosis Stories

2010-07-23 09:45:00

Westchester Medical Center Infectious disease specialists report an increase in the potentially severe tick-borne disease Babesiosis in New York's Lower Hudson Valley over a ten year period VALHALLA, N.Y., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babesiosis, a rare and occasionally fatal tick-borne disease caused by microscopic parasites known as Babesia which infect red blood cells, is on the rise in the Lower Hudson Valley according to the NYS DOH, including the counties of Westchester,...

2009-10-20 17:55:37

Research finds dramatic increase in number of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis cases Babesiosis is a potentially dangerous parasitic disease transmitted by ticks and is common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest. Babesia lives inside of red blood cells, meaning it can also be transmitted through a blood transfusion from an infected but otherwise asymptomatic blood donor. Now a new study led by researchers at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals finds a dramatic increase in the number of...

2009-01-19 10:33:14

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received nine reports of deaths since 2005 caused by blood transfusion due to a parasitic infection known as babesiosis. Babesiosis, stemmed from the parasite Babesia, can be transmitted through a tick bite, the same tick that causes lime disease. However, transmission via blood transfusion has been reported to be a cause as well. This disease is hardest on the elderly and people with weak immune systems. Dr. Diane M. Gubernot at the FDA in Rockville,...

2008-09-03 18:00:41

MEDIA ADVISORY: WHAT: Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) will meet with government institutions and top experts from academia and private industry on September 10, 11 and 12 in two separate meetings to address issues related to safety of the blood supply including: -- Bacterial contamination of donated blood products for transfusion which can lead to sepsis (Sept. 10) -- Risk of infectious disease such as malaria from blood...

2005-02-06 09:55:27

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) -- Ask Brian Chadwick how plentiful deer are on this island that has become an ocean retreat for the rich and famous and he will tell you about the dark night he was patrolling the summer estates and hit three. "I hit one and took care of that. Then went on and hit another, dealt with that, and then, by golly, I hit a third, and I was going along about 10 miles an hour," the retired police officer said. "They were just hanging out by the driveways eating the...

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