Successful chemotherapy of transfusion babesiosis

M. Wittner, K. S. Rowin, H. B. Tanowitz, J. F. Hobbs, S. Saltzman, B. Wenz, R. Hirsch, E. Chisholm, G. R. Healy

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We describe babesiosis transmitted by transfusion. The infected blood donor was identified and a minimum period of infectivity of the donor's blood was established. We report a new modality for chemotherapy consisting of quinine plus clindamycin, and a new endemic focus for this zoonosis on Fire Island, New York. There are insufficient data to establish a reasonably safe period after which visitors and residents of Babesia-endemic foci can become blood donors. Screening of such persons by a rapid serologic test, such as the ELISA or immunofluorescent antibody tests, is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Internal Medicine


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