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How long does Babesia disease last in the body?

How long does Babesia disease last in the body?

Babesia patients can remain symptomatic for years with constitutional, musculoskeletal, or neurological symptoms. One study found that 50% of coinfected patients were symptomatic for 3 months or longer, compared to only 4% of patients who had Lyme disease alone.

Are there any medications that are effective for Babesia?

[2] Babesia cannot be treated with the same medications used to treat Lyme disease. Doxycycline is effective for Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasmosis but not for Babesia. Treatment with Mepron and Zithromax has been effective for Babesia. Quinine and clindamycin have also been effective but are associated with a higher rate of side effects.

How often does Babesia occur in Lyme disease patients?

In the 2015 issue of Trends in Parasitology, Diuk-Wasser and colleagues report that up to 40% of patients with Lyme disease experienced concurrent Babesiosis. [1] This means that out of the estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme disease reported annually in the U.S., 120,000 of those individuals may also have Babesia.

Can a person with Babesia be treated with PCR?

Symptomatic patients whose serum contains antibody to Babesia but whose blood lacks identifiable Babesia parasites on smear or Babesia DNA by PCR should not receive treatment. Treatment is also not recommended for asymptomatic individuals, regardless of the results of serologic examination, blood smears, or PCR.

Babesia patients can remain symptomatic for years with constitutional, musculoskeletal, or neurological symptoms. One study found that 50% of coinfected patients were symptomatic for 3 months or longer, compared to only 4% of patients who had Lyme disease alone.

Is there a way to test for Babesia?

The Babesia FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) test directly visualizes the babesia parasite. A study published in June 2020 found that adding the Igenex Babesia FISH test to their IFA antibody test increased positivity by 12%. If Babesia is suspected and antibody results are negative, consider adding the Igenex Babesia FISH test.

In the 2015 issue of Trends in Parasitology, Diuk-Wasser and colleagues report that up to 40% of patients with Lyme disease experienced concurrent Babesiosis. [1] This means that out of the estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme disease reported annually in the U.S., 120,000 of those individuals may also have Babesia.

What’s the best treatment for a Babesia infection?

Since Babesia is a malaria-like parasite, the conventional treatment recommendation is combining the antimalarial drug atavaquone (mepron) with azithromycin for 7-10 days. This regimen may be sufficient in early acute babesiosis but is often not effective in a persistent Babesia infection.