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CDC: Tick-borne parasite infecting blood supply

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CDC: Tick-borne parasite infecting blood supply

A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday.

There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.

[link to parasitologyblog.com]