First Report of Babesia microti-Caused Babesiosis in Spain

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2016 Oct;16(10):677-9. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2016.1946. Epub 2016 Aug 25.


Babesiosis is an emerging zoonosis now found in several areas of the world. Using PCR and indirect immunofluorescence assay, we have diagnosed the first case of human babesiosis caused by Babesia microti in Spain. Diagnosis was delayed because of the nonspecific clinical symptoms that occurred in an immunocompetent patient.

Keywords: Babesia; diagnosis; zoonosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Babesia microti*
  • Babesiosis / drug therapy
  • Babesiosis / epidemiology*
  • Babesiosis / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Zoonoses


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents