IDSA Babesia Guidelines

For those of you who are curious, here is a link to the Guidelines on how to treat Babesia. Here are a couple statements out of them that make me guess, they aren’t going to be much different from the flawed Lyme Guidelines.
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/43/9/1089.full

“Symptomatic patients whose serum contains antibody to babesia but whose blood lacks identifiable babesial parasites on smear or babesial DNA by PCR should not receive treatment (E-III).”

” Longer duration of antimicrobial therapy may be necessary in highly and persistently symptomatic patients until parasitemia is cleared, but no controlled studies exist that define the risk-benefit ratio of more prolonged therapy.” <<—- Hmmm, no studies or research on this???

“Partial or complete RBC exchange transfusion is indicated for persons with severe babesiosis.”  <<—- Have any of you ever had blood transfusion for Babs? Do our doctors have any clue this should be done?





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