Babesiosis: Blood Infection Spread by Ticks

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azithromycin.  Another combination they may recommend are quinine with the antibiotic clindamycin.

The ticks that cause babesiosis typically have to stay on your body for 36 to 48 hours to cause an infection. Here are some ways to prevent one: 

  • Stay away from overgrown grasses and leaf piles, where ticks are likely to be.
  • Wear long pants tucked into your socks and a long-sleeve shirt when you’re near where ticks thrive.
  • Wear light-colored clothes so you can easily spot ticks.
  • Use bug repellant that has DEET in it on your skin and clothing.
  • Before going indoors, check your clothing and pets for ticks.
  • Once inside, check your entire body for ticks using a full-length or hand-held mirror.
  • Remove any ticks with pointed tweezers.