TRENTON K. RUEBUSH II, M.D.; ANDREW SPIELMAN, SC.D.
Since 1969, when the first case of human babesiosis was identified in the United States, a total of 15 such infections have been described. Thirteen of these were caused by Babesia microti, a parasite of wild rodents, and were acquired on either Nantucket or Shelter Islands, members in a chain of islands that lie along the southern coast of New England. The report by Miller, Neva, and Gill in this issue (p. 200) of a case of human babesiosis acquired on Martha's Vineyard adds a third island to this focus of zoonotic disease. This cluster of human infections with B.
RUEBUSH TK, SPIELMAN A. Human Babesiosis in the United States. Ann Intern Med. ;88:263. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-2-263_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(2):263.
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