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First case of human babesiosis in Korea: detection and characterization of a novel type of Babesia sp. (KO1) similar to ovine babesia.

Authors
Kim, JY; Cho, SH; Joo, HN; Tsuji, M; Cho, SR; Park, IJ; Chung, GT; Ju, JW; Cheun, HI; Lee, HW; Lee, YH; Kim, TS
Citation
Journal of clinical microbiology, 45(6):2084-2087, 2007
Journal Title
Journal of clinical microbiology
ISSN
0095-11371098-660X
Abstract
We report on the first case of human babesiosis in Korea. The intraerythrocytic parasite (KO1) in the patient's blood mainly appeared as paired pyriforms and ring forms; but Maltese cross forms were not seen, and the parasite showed morphological features consistent with those of the genus Babesia sensu stricto. The sequence of the 18S rRNA gene of KO1 was closely related to that of Babesia spp. isolated from sheep in China (similarity, 98%). The present study provides the first evidence of the presence of a hitherto unidentified, new type of Babesia parasite capable of infecting humans.
MeSH terms
AdultAgedAged, 80 and overAnimalsBabesia/classification*Babesia/geneticsBabesia/isolation & purification*Babesiosis/diagnosis*Babesiosis/epidemiology*Babesiosis/parasitologyChina/epidemiologyDNA, Protozoan/analysisDNA, Ribosomal/analysisErythrocytes/parasitologyFemaleHumansKorea/epidemiologyMaleMiddle AgedMolecular Sequence DataPhylogenyPolymerase Chain Reaction/methodsRNA, Ribosomal, 18S/geneticsSequence Analysis, DNASheep/parasitologySheep Diseases/epidemiologySheep Diseases/parasitology*
DOI
10.1128/JCM.01334-06
PMID
17392446
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조, 성란박, 일중
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