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Babesiosis Becomes Notifiable

Image of a Ixodes scapularis tick nymph which if infected can transmit Babesia. Credit: Graham Hickling, University of Tennessee.

Starting in January 2011, cases of babesiosis from across the United States will be formally reported to CDC. Babesiosis is a preventable but sometimes life-threatening tickborne parasitic disease. At the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), representatives from state and local health departments voted in favor of adding babesiosis to the list of nationally notifiable diseases and conditions. CSTE recommends that states and territories conduct surveillance using the national case definition. Becoming nationally notifiable is an important step toward monitoring disease occurrence.

CDC will publish data on babesiosis as appropriate in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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More on: List of Nationally Notifiable Conditions, June 2010

More on: Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, CDC

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