Babesia duncani/microti is a protozoal parasitic infection or a “piroplasm”, not a bacteria like the other co-infections. The babesia piroplasm is carried by ticks and transmitted to humans via tick bite. As many as 66% of those who are Lyme positive also have evidence of Babesia infection.

 

Because Babesia is NOT a bacteria, it does not respond to the same antibiotic treatment that is used to treat Lyme disease, Streptococcal infection or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. If a patient has been extensively treated with antibiotic therapy and symptoms still persist, specific treatment for piroplasms may be required.

 

There are unique anti-protozoal and anti-parasitic medications and herbals that are used for Babesiosis.

 

Key Symptoms:

 

High fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes at onset

Burning pains

Muscle aches

Night sweats

Frontal headache/persistent migraine

Bell’s Palsy

Vertigo/imbalance

Chronic fatigue

Chest tightness/chest pain

Shortness of breath/ “air hunger”

Petechial rash – tiny red spots (See picture)

 

Lab Testing:

 

Babesia duncani/microti IgM and IgG

Babesia FISH (Fluorescent in situ hybridization)

Babesia PCR