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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Abstract

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
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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    Wittner, M., Rowin, K. S., Tanowitz, H. B., Hobbs, J. F., Saltzman, S., Wenz, B., Hirsch, R., Chisholm, E., & Healy, G. R. (1982). Successful chemotherapy of transfusion babesiosis. Unknown Journal, 96(5), 601-604. https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-96-5-601