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Human babesiosis — a rare but potentially dangerous zoonosis

German Babesia Top Researchers Hildebrandt and Hunfeld offer some basic information in 2014. After our six books on Babesia and Babesiosis let us look at some of their ideas put forth on Babesia. First, they are correct to call Babesia dangerous and it kills more than Lyme according to IDSA member Dr. Krause. Human Babesia infections are routine, and often missed since direct antibody igG/M testing is very poor. So it is missed in the tick and missed in humans infected. If you ask an infection specialist what are the INDIRECT ways to diagnose Babesia or Bartonella they think you are speaking Chinese.

Human babesiosis exists when a single celled parasite enters a red blood cell. Based on my miscroscope morphology text, the appearance of Babesia inside red cells is over 50 forms. Human bites seem to be most often from the bite of the Ixodid ticks. Transmission does occur perinatal or via contaminated blood transfusion.

The knowledge in Europe and Canada about Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella in children, infants, adolescents, and youths is utterly poor, wrong and limited. Some feel the smartest experts are the most narrow practitioners of science, so the less one reads, the "better you are in dealing with tick borne infections."

Human babesiosis is a zoonotic disease with a worldwide increasing importance according to the increasing number of immunocompromised patients. Clinical symptoms have a wide range from asymptomatic to severe and letal cases. So far, the detection of the parasites in ticks and seroepidemiological data in Europe identified 3 humanpathogenic species: B. microti, B. divergens und B. venatorum (EU1-3). I am aware of other species found in EU countries, and it seems these authors are not interested in contacting the best and most advanced labs. It is well known that all tick borne infections are only diagnosed in a small percent of individuals.

Why? Ignorance of more recent and advanced science and the better labs. A profound lack of knowledge of the disease and the availability of diagnostic tools. Ignorance of the vast numbers of infections routinely in the Ixodes tick, and terribly insensitive testing that rarely detects infected humans and other animals.

If this does not improve people will become slowly disabled or die from Babesiosis.


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