Babesiosis: Everything You Need to Know
Install Deer Fencing to Reduce Your Risk of Contracting Tick-borne Diseases
When it comes to tick-borne illnesses, you may already be familiar with Lyme disease. However, ticks also carry and transmit a number of other infectious diseases including babesiosis. While cases of babesiosis are primarily found in animals, human cases have been reported. An individual can contract the disease from a deer tick that is infected with a microscopic parasite called babesia microti.
Fortunately, unlike Lyme disease, symptoms of babesiosis are generally mild and treatable with antibiotics. Nevertheless, exposure to any infection is a risk and can be easily avoided by following a few simple precautions. To provide your family with optimum protection, work with a professional deer fence installation company. Prevent deer from entering your property and the ticks they bring with them, to reduce your chances of contracting a tick-borne disease.
Basic Facts about Babesiosis
Although Lyme disease is most commonly associated with ticks, these critters can also transmit a host of other infections that may affect your health. Here is what you need to know about tick-borne babesiosis:
- Who is at Risk: Anyone who spends time outdoors in a tick infested area is at an increased risk for contracting the Babesia microti parasite. The most vulnerable people include the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and individuals who have had their spleen removed. Most cases are reported in coastal areas in the Northeast and upper Midwest.
- Symptoms: Many individuals do not display symptoms in mild cases of babesiosis. However, some individuals may develop flu-like symptoms including fever, body aches, nausea, or fatigue. Since the parasite infects red blood cells, the infection may also lead to hemolytic anemia. It may take from 1-3 weeks or more for symptoms to appear in tick-borne transmissions, and weeks to months in cases of blood-borne transmissions.
- Treatment: A blood test performed by a specialized laboratory will help determine if parasites are present in your red blood cells. If a test is positive, you may be treated with oral antibiotics. For extreme cases, a blood transfusion may also be considered to treat the infection. Fortunately, most individuals do not develop serious enough symptoms to require treatment.
- Prevention: Since the infection is mainly spread through tick bites, the best prevention tip is to avoid areas where ticks are present. If these areas cannot be avoided, use an insect repellent containing DEET, and wear protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and long pants that can be easily tucked into high socks. Walk in the center of mowed trails, and steer clear of tall grasses and bushes. Perform regular tick checks after spending time outdoors and ensure that your pets are also tick-free.
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