Babesiosis

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  • Babesiosis is a tick-borne disease that is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells.  There are multiple different species that have been known to infect animals, however, only a few that have been found in humans.  The most common species in people is Babesia microti

    Babesia is transmitted by infected Ixodes scapularis ticks (also known as blacklegged ticks or deer ticks).  The blacklegged tick, which is common in the Upper Peninsula and spreading in the Lower Peninsula, may also transmit Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.