FDA warns of increasing cases of babesiosis

07/3/2013 | HealthDay News

FDA officials say cases of babesiosis infection are on the rise in certain areas in the U.S. "Public awareness is critical, because most cases of babesiosis can be prevented by avoiding tick bites," said Mark Walderhaug, associate director for risk assessment at the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. An FDA study found that seniors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island faced the highest rates of the disease, and the prevalence was increasing in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Other areas of concern were New Jersey, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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