Human babesiosis on Nantucket Island. Clinical features

Published Date
Journal
Annals of Internal Medicine
Citation
Ann Intern Med. 1977 Jan;86(1):6-9
DOI
10.7326/0003-4819-86-1-6
Authors
Reubush TK 2nd
Cassaday PB
Marsh HJ
Lisker SA
Voorhees DB
Mahoney EB
Healy GR
Abstract

Between 20 July and 15 Octoboer 1975, five cases of human infection with Babesia microti were diagnosed on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The illness was characterized by fever, drenching sweats, shaking chills, myalgia, arthralgia, extreme fatigue, and a mild-to-moderate hemolytic anemia. None of the patients had a history of splenetomy. Although all patients responded symptomatically to treatment with oral chloroquine phosphate, parasitemia and fatigue frequently persisted for several weeks to months.