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U.S. Blood Supply Vulnerable to Parasitic Infection Spread by Ticks
Default news teaser image Babesia, a tickborne parasite of red blood cells, is being transmitted through blood transfusions.
Babesiosis is a potentially fatal but treatable complication of transfusion. Severe consequences, such as multi-organ failure and death, are most often seen in persons without a spleen, the elderly, and those with a weak immune system. The study authors say prevention strategies, including development of a screening test, are needed. Some manufacturers are working with investigators at blood establishments to develop FDA-approved tests for Babesia for donor-screening purposes.

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