General Parasitology and Protozoa
Infection with Babesia is most commonly observed in which of the following?
|C||Patients without a spleen|
a. Babesia is a tick-borne organism transmitted by I. Scaputaris, the same tick that transmits Lyrne disease.
b. Babesia is often mistaken for Plasmodia (causative organism of malaria) on a blood smear. Patients become anemic and develop hepatosplenomegaly, but patients who are asplenic are at a much greater risk.
c. Transfusion recipients, foresters, and immunosuppressed patients may be at risk of acquiring disease but not to the same extent as those patients who have been splenectomized.