As a part of the already crowded field of diseases transmitted by ticks, you may not know the disease babesiosis, a dangerous infection caused by a parasite that infiltrates blood cells.

While babesiosis may sound new to you, scholars believe it is the misfortune described in Exodus 9:3 as the plague visited upon the cattle of Ramses II. While there are many species of Babesia, the most common type infecting humans, and mammals, in the US is Babesia microti, which is related to the parasite that causes malaria.

Once inside the body, B. microti targets red blood cells, where it resides and… more


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