1) Eco-Epidemiology of Tick-borne diseases in the United States
Babesiosis emergence in the United States
Human babesiosis is a rapidly emerging tick-borne zoonosis in the United States caused by the protozoan Babesia microti
and transmitted by Ixodes scapularis
, the Lyme disease vector. Unlike Lyme disease, babesiosis is a potentially fatal disease and poses a threat to blood transfusion recipients.
Babesiosa-Lyme disease co-infection
Tick-borne diseases are increasingly becoming an important public health issue as is evidenced by the current national epidemic of Lyme disease and the increasing prevalence of human babesiosis, a more serious malaria-like illness caused by the same tick vector.