First report of human babesiosis in Australia

Sanjaya N Senanayake, Andrea Paparini, Maya Latimer, Kerrie Andriolo, Alexandre J Dasilva, Heather Wilson, Maniphet V Xayavong, Peter J Collignon, Phillip Jeans and Peter J Irwin
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): 350-352. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11378

We report the first human case of babesiosis in Australia, thought to be locally acquired

A 56-year-old man with serious hepatic, renal and bony injuries was transferred to Canberra Hospital in mid November 2010 following a motor vehicle accident. His medical history included type 1 diabetes mellitus, excessive alcohol and prescription medicine use, depression, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia. He had no history of injecting drug use. He had been living on the south coast of New South Wales with his son.

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  • Sanjaya N Senanayake2
  • Andrea Paparini2
  • Maya Latimer2
  • Kerrie Andriolo2
  • Alexandre J Dasilva4
  • Heather Wilson2
  • Maniphet V Xayavong4
  • Peter J Collignon2
  • Phillip Jeans2
  • Peter J Irwin10

  • 1 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.
  • 3 Murdoch University, Perth, WA.
  • 4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga, USA.


We thank Michael Pidcock, Grace Moshi and Rachel Murray (Canberra Hospital) for their haematological expertise and Bert de Vos (Biosecurity Queensland) for his advice on bovine babesiosis.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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