What is Babesiosis?

Babesiosis is a malaria-likeparasitic disease caused by infection with Babesia, a genus of Apicomplexa. It occurs in warm weather.

Ticks transmit the human strain of babesiosis, so it often presents with other tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.

Who should get this test?

This test may be ordered if you have symptoms of Babesiosis. Symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Anorexia
  • Nonproductive cough (mucus is not coughed up)
  • Arthralgias (noninflammatory joint pain, unlike arthritis, which is inflammatory)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pink eye
  • Photophobia (abnormal intolerance to visual perception of light)

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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