Babesia Increases Clotting in Human Blood
Excess Clots Cause Death or Mortality Due to Strokes, Heart Attacks or Anemia
We have found that patients who clot easily giving many blood tubes often have undiagnosed Babesia infections. Obviously, since I treat a large percentage of treatment failures, I am getting filtered people and many with Babesia—partly due to our six books on Babesia. We also are seeing hemolytic anemia and never once have very smart physicians consider Babesia. This includes when they are told of evidence for Babesia.
I am not versed in all the veterinarian species/strains, but this abstract makes a point, which I hold firmly, that many people die from Babesia induced clots of heart, brain or thrown from the legs. In these dogs we see that the ones with Babesia have labs which show direct evidence of higher clotting and actually increased death. The mortality rate of the dogs was almost 1/5 and the coagulation factors were significantly lower in the dead animals compared to the survivors.
From Veterinary Journal 2013
Mortality in virulent canine babesiosis is associated with a consumptive coagulopathy. The inflammatory response to infection can activate the coagulation system via complex interactions. This was explored using seventy-two pet dogs diagnosed with one species of Babesia. Blood samples at the start were collected and measured coagulation factor, antithrombin (AT), and protein C (PC)-activity, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen and D-dimer concentrations were measured.
The mortality rate was 18% (13/72 dogs) and the median activities of all the coagulation factors were significantly lower in the non-survivors compared to the survivors. Median PT and aPTT were significantly longer in the non-survivors compared to the survivors. Median AT activity was not significantly different but median PC activity was significantly decreased in the non-survivors. Median D-dimer concentrations were significantly higher in non-survivors compared to survivors. This study showed that dogs that died from B. rossi infection had a more severe consumptive coagulopathy compared to survivors, characterized by procoagulant activation, inhibitor consumption, and increased fibrinolytic activity.
We have not found that PT/PTT typically flags these people. But if it does they are an emergency.
James Schaller, MD, MAR