Transfusion-transmitted babesiosis: a case report from a new endemic area

Authors

  • E. D. Mintz MD, MPH,

    Medical Officer, Corresponding author
    1. Connecticut Department of Health Services and the Division of Field Services, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, Hartford, Connecticut
    2. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut
    3. Connecticut Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross, Farmington, Connecticut.
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  • J. F. Anderson,

    1. Connecticut Department of Health Services and the Division of Field Services, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, Hartford, Connecticut
    2. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut
    3. Connecticut Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross, Farmington, Connecticut.
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      John F. Anderson, PhD, Director, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Hartford.

  • R. G. Cable,

    1. Connecticut Department of Health Services and the Division of Field Services, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, Hartford, Connecticut
    2. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut
    3. Connecticut Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross, Farmington, Connecticut.
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      Ritchard G. Cable, MD, Medical Director, Connecticut Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross, Hartford.

  • J. L. Hadler

    1. Connecticut Department of Health Services and the Division of Field Services, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, Hartford, Connecticut
    2. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut
    3. Connecticut Regional Blood Services of the American Red Cross, Farmington, Connecticut.
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      James Hadler, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, Connecticut Department of Health Services.


4Division of Field Services, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control; Epidemiology Section, Connecticut Department of Health Services, 150 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Abstract

The seventh documented case of babesiosis transmitted by transfusion is reported. Both the donor and the recipient are residents of Connecticut, where the presence of endemic babesiosis has only recently been established. As the range of Babesia microti, and its vector the Ixodes dammini tick, continues to expand, clinicians and blood bank directors should be aware that cases of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis may occur in newly endemic areas.

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