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Volume 22, Number 11—November 2016

Transmission of Babesia microti Parasites by Solid Organ Transplantation

Meghan B. BrennanComments to Author , Barbara L. Herwaldt, James J. Kazmierczak, John W. Weiss, Christina L. Klein, Catherine P. Leith, Rong He, Matthew J. Oberley, Laura Tonnetti, Patricia P. Wilkins, and Gregory M. Gauthier
Author affiliations: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (M.B. Brennan, J.W. Weiss, C.L. Klein, C.P. Leith, R. He, M.J. Oberley, G.M. Gauthier); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (B.L. Herwaldt, P.P. Wilkins); Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Madison (J.J. Kazmierczak); American Red Cross Badger–Hawkeye Blood Service Region, Madison (J.W. Weiss); American Red Cross Jerome H. Holland Laboratories for the Biomedical Sciences, Rockville, Maryland, USA (L. Tonnetti)

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Figure 3

Computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen of patient B, a renal transplant recipient infected with Babesia microti parasites, Wisconsin, USA, 2008. Taken on November 5, the scan shows a splenic infarction (white arrow) that had not been visualized on a CT scan on October 5. Although the cause of the splenic infarction was not determined, the infarction might have been a complication of babesiosis, as reported for other patients (16,17).

Figure 3. Computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen of patient B, a renal transplant recipient infected with Babesia microti parasites, Wisconsin, USA, 2008. Taken on November 5, the scan shows a splenic infarction (white arrow) that had not been visualized on a CT scan on October 5. Although the cause of the splenic infarction was not determined, the infarction might have been a complication of babesiosis, as reported for other patients (16,17).

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