Know thy Enemy: Anaplasmosis

Anaplasma are gram negative, obligate, intracellular bacteria. Anaplasma bacteria infect white blood cells and circulate throughout the bloodstream. (which means Anaplasmosis can be acquired by blood transfusion as well as tick bites). Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the bite of black legged ticks, (ixodes sculpularis) also known as the “deer tick”. The bacteria is found predominately […]

Know Thy Enemy: Babesia

Babesia is a malaria like protozoan parasite that parasitizes red blood cells in host organisms. Originally a cattle disease, it was first discovered in humans by Romanian Pathologist Victor Babes in 1888. The first US case of human infection was found in 1960 on Nantucket Island. There are over 100 different babesia species, but only […]