Misdiagnosis of Babesiosis as Malaria, Equatorial Guinea, 2014

Published Date
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation
24(8):1588-1589
DOI
10.3201/eid2408.180180.
Authors
Arsuaga M
González LM
Padial ES
Dinkessa AW
Sevilla E
Trigo E
Puente S
Gray J
Montero E
Abstract

We report a case of babesiosis, caused by Babesia microti, in a missionary who worked in Equatorial Guinea but also visited rural Spain. The initial diagnosis, based on clinical features and microscopy, was malaria. The patient's recovery was delayed until she received appropriate treatment for babesiosis.

Keywords: Babesia microti; Equatorial Guinea; human babesiosis; malaria; parasites; vector-borne infections.