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July 23, 1982

A Case Report of Transfusion-Induced Babesiosis

Author Affiliations

From the State Laboratory Institute, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain (Dr Marcus); the Berkshire Medical Center (Dr Valigorsky) and the Hillcrest Hospital (Drs Fanning and Joseph), Pittsfield, Mass; and the North Adams (Mass) Regional Hospital (Dr Glick). Dr Fanning is now with the North Phoenix (Ariz) Medical Specialists.

JAMA. 1982;248(4):465-467. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330040053031

An elderly woman contracted transfusion-induced babesiosis, accompanied by disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. Her parasitemia cleared after treatment with several antibiotic and antimalarial drugs, but she died of cardiopulmonary failure. One of the transfusion donors had a high indirect fluorescent antibody titer against Babesia microti but was asymptomatic; his parasitemia was detected only by hamster inoculation, illustrating the difficulty in detecting the carrier state.

(JAMA 1982;248:465-467)