What is babesiosis?
A. Babesiosis is a rare and severe tick-borne disease caused by various types of Babesia, a microscopic parasite that infects red blood cells.
Question 2. Who gets babesiosis?
A. Babesiosis is seen most frequently in children under the age of 15, adults over the age of 50, and in people who have other illnesses that make it hard for them to fight off germs.
Question 3. How is babesiosis spread?
A. Babesiosis is spread by the bite of an infected tick (usually the American Deer Tick). Transmission can also occur due to the transfusion of blood that is contaminated with the germs that cause babesiosis.
Question 4. What are the signs of babesiosis?
A. Some of the signs of babesiosis are generally flu-like in nature, most often fever and fatigue. Some people have also been known to get babesiosis and not show any signs of the disease
Question 5. When do the signs of babesiosis appear?
A. Signs of babesiosis can appear anywhere from 1 week to 9 weeks after infection. However, in some cases it may take longer than 8 weeks for signs and symptoms to show.
Question 7. How do I protect myself from getting babesiosis?
A. To prevent Babesiosis and other tick-borne illnesses, the best protection is to avoid contact with ticks. If you are working, playing, or relaxing in areas that may have ticks you should do the following:
Question 8. How do I properly remove a tick?
A. Using tweezers, you should grab the tick at it's mouth and using firm steady pressure you should pull the tick out. Do not yank or squish the tick because it may have harmful bodily fluids. Also, do not use petroleum jelly, hot matches, nail polish remover or any other substance to remove the tick. Using those items could increase the risk of an infection.
Question 9. How do I obtain information on tick identification?
A. You can have a tick identified by sending it to the Maine Medical Center Lyme Research Lab. For specific instructions on how to submit a tick please go to the