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Imagine microscopic parasites that invade your red blood cells. This is the danger posed by Babesiosis, a little-known tick-borne illness that the CDC has identified as an emerging threat here in the U.S. Similar to malaria, Babesiosis is caused by microscopic protozoa called Babesia which can reproduce inside red blood cells. Most cases of Babesia infection are caused by Babesia microti, but another type, Babesia divergens, has also been identified and may cause even more serious disease. Two types of ticks, deer ticks and blacklegged ticks, can carry Babesia parasites.
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