ba·​be·​si·​o·​sis | \ bə-ˌbē-zē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce babesiosis (audio) \

Definition of babesiosis

: an infection with or disease caused by babesias

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Recent Examples on the Web In the United States, dogs are susceptible to tick-borne Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Corona with Lyme? Warmer weather means it's time to be tick aware," 25 May 2020 The two drugs also already have FDA approval for use together as a treatment for a parasitic illness called babesiosis, which is caused by microscopic parasites and can be spread by ticks. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "TGen partners with a Phoenix-area hospital system to test COVID-19 treatment," 5 May 2020 Cattle and other livestock can also transmit diseases such as anthrax and babesiosis to the wild equids. National Geographic, "Grevy's zebra," 25 Mar. 2020 The state also experienced increases in two other tickborne diseases, with 685 cases of anaplasmosis and 138 cases of babesiosis. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 Other blood-feeding insects — such as mosquitoes and ticks — spread a host of devastating diseases: malaria, sleeping sickness, Lyme, babesiosis, Zika, dengue, encephalitis and others. James Gorman, New York Times, "Meet the Bloodsuckers," 28 Oct. 2019 But while Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, babesiosis is caused by the Babesia parasite, which attacks red blood cells, according to the CDC. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "8 Tick-Borne Illnesses That Aren’t Lyme Disease," 26 July 2019 Because Babesia parasites infect red blood cells, babesiosis can cause hemolytic anemia (from the destruction of red blood cells). Gregory B. Hladky,, "Tick-borne Diseases In Connecticut," 6 May 2018 Ticks that transmit Lyme disease can also transmit other pathogens causing less-common diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Effort for Lyme Disease Vaccine Draws Early Fire," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of babesiosis

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for babesiosis

New Latin

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29 May 2020

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“Babesiosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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ba·​be·​si·​o·​sis | \ bə-ˌbē-zē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce babesiosis (audio) \
plural babesioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce babesioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of babesiosis

: infection with or disease caused by babesias

called also babesiasis

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