Babesiosis is a condition caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. Similar to Lyme disease, it can be transmitted via ticks. Symptoms resemble Lyme disease symptoms (fatigue, headaches, drenching sweat, etc.) but babesiosis typically starts with a high fever and chills. Though it is often mild, babesiosis can be life-threatening to people with no spleen, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems. Babesiosis is preventable if simple steps are taken to reduce an individual’s exposure to ticks.
Organizations exist to provide support and resources to individuals affected by babesiosis and Lyme disease. Information provided in part by our partner LymeDisease.org.