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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Conventional Methods for Diagnosis of Babesia

Slide 16

July 2010

As was performed in this case, the examination of Giemsa-stained thin blood smears is the most direct and inexpensive diagnostic approach in cases of Babesiosis. However, multiple smears may be required if there is low parasitemia. In addition, the trophozoite forms of Babesia may be confused with the ring trophozoites of Plasmodium as you can see in the images at the bottom of the slide. So it is important that slides be reviewed by trained personnel, and that the travel and exposure history be examined when interpreting the results.

Conventional Methods for Diagnosis of Babesia


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