A Babesia infection is a protozoan infection, which can cause babesiosis in humans and animals. These pathogens affect the red blood cells (erythrocytes). Since the erythrocytes harbour the organisms, the symptoms are fever, anaemia, jaundice and, in acute cases, a coffee brown-to-red coloured urine may occur.
This sickness is known as ‘canine malaria’ in dogs. In humans, it is rarely diagnosed due to a normally inconspicuous course of sickness. However, in patients with immune defects it can become severe.
|Babesia IgG antibodies||Serum tubes|
|Babesia Elispot||CPDA tubes|
|DNA-PCR Babesia||EDTA tubes|