Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs

Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, the United Kingdom stopped requiring that dogs brought into the country be inspected for ticks. Earlier this year, several dogs tested positive for babesia, a malaria-like disease transmitted to ticks that previously had only been found in foreign. These dogs had never left the U.K. While babesiosis is a new worry to U.K. dog owners, it's been a threat to human beings for years -- it just hasn't become a health-scare-of-the-week like Zika, West Nile, avian and swine flu. Most people have never heard of it. Babesia microti, the protozoan that causes babesiosis, occurs throughout continental Europe and Asia, as well as throughout New England and northern Midwest regions -- the same areas in which Lyme disease is most often diagnosed. It's no coincidence: Lyme (Borrelia burgdorferi) and Babesia both are transmitted by ticks, along with a number of other pathogens. Like Lyme and Plague (bubonic plague), Babesia is a zoonotic illness, meaning that it is transmitted from non-human animal hosts to human hosts. Babesia microti is a tiny parasite that invade red blood cells. Many healthy individuals who contract Babesia don't show any symptoms. Among those who do, symptoms can be similar to the flu, including "fever, chills, sweats, headache, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, or fatigue," according to the U.S. Centers for...
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Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: J Am Osteopath Assoc Source Type: research
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Source: Archivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences - Category: General Medicine Tags: Turk J Med Sci Source Type: research
Source: Journal of Pain Research - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Journal of Pain Research Source Type: research
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Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
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