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I will cover clinical features, diagnosis and treatment. I will be showing some slides of blood smears and discus the use of blood parasitology in making the diagnosis.
Unfortunately, one of the best tools for diagnosing babesiosis has suddenly been pulled from both LabCorp and Quest. The WA1 or B. duncani antibody test. The B. microti test which is still offered although not as helpful. The vast majority of positive results, for years, have been B. duncani, the much more prevalent species. In 2011 a study found B. duncani in 2% of the general population and B. microti in 0.4% of the US population. B. duncani has a wide geographic presence, consistently seen along side Lyme in every locale. At this point I am only able to send this test to IgeneX for this valuable test. It is available through a few other reference labs at a higher cost.
The withdrawal of the "WA1" test was sudden and unexpected and without explanation. This is a real set back.