Scotland, UK: Killer tick-borne parasite imitating malaria-like diseases is discovered by scientists in the UK

November 2019 by Shreyas Tanna Medical Herald

A tick-borne parasite which causes a deadly malaria-like illness is spreading in the UK. Deadly malaria-like diseases are being spread in the UK by a tick-borne parasite.

Babesia venatorum, the name of the discovered parasite, lives in sheep in the Scottish Highlands, according to researchers. People visiting the region have been warned by them of the potential risk.

The disease caused by the parasite is babesiosis which is normally seen in animals but recently humans are being affected as well.

While it has not been officially diagnosed in the UK, reports of deaths in US alongside infected areas such as Austria, Italy and China are present.

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