Transfusion-transmitted babesiosis in Ontario: first reported case in Canada

Kain, Kevin C.; Jassoum, Salha Bu; Fong, I. William; Hannach, Barbara
June 2001
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/12/2001, Vol. 164 Issue 12, p1721
Academic Journal
Babesiosis has only recently been reported in Canada, but a number of transfusion-transmitted cases of this infection have been reported from the United States. We present a case of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis that occurred in Canada. Canadian physicians must consider babesiosis in the differential diagnosis of patients who experience fever or a hemolytic reaction after blood transfusion. Prompt recognition and treatment are important, because Babesia infections can be severe or fatal in certain risk groups. Better strategies to prevent transfusion-transmitted babesiosis are required.


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