Malaria-like disease appearing in New York
Excerpted from UPI.com ( Posted: 07/26/2010 )
VALHALLA, N.Y., July 26 (UPI) — Babesiosis, a rare malaria-like disease commonly transmitted by infected deer ticks, is on the rise in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York, doctors say.
Dr. Gary Wormser, chief of infectious diseases at Westchester Medical Center, says microscopic parasites known as Babesia infect red blood cells and cause anemia. The New York Health Department reports cases have been reported in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan and Rockland.
The parasites are transmitted via infected deer ticks or blood transfusions.
Commentary – As much as I dislike giving Dr. Wormser any air time, his Babesia warning is worth taking note. You may know Dr. Wormser from the film “Under Our Skin where his crusade to challenge Chronic Lyme disease is profiled. This makes his Babesia warning all that more interesting.
Babesia is one of the common Tick Borne Illnesses (TBI) often associated with LD co infections. Having co infections complicates the disease making it harder to cure.