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seibertneurolyme
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If so what lab did the blood smear and did you do any other tests to confirm the babesia diagnosis?

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Yes, the old FL lab, now closed, found it in a blood smear. It was subsequently confirmed by a CA county lab that did an antibody test for B. duncani. They will not do testing for anyone who doesn't live in the handful of counties they serve, though.

The reason I did the blood smear is that the test for B. microti came back negative but I had babesia symptoms.

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I have never heard of anyone finding a positive blood smear except for a show on PBS called Monsters Inside Me which aired a while back. Supposedly, it's incredibly rare. I think the odds are 1 in 200. That's IF the lab actually is diligent about reviewing the smear.
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I think I saw that same Monsters Inside Me episode. A guy was walking across his lawn to get his mail & falls sick soon after.

Hospital discovers Babesia & treat him with IV. Her makes a full recovery, but I wondered about that. The hospital concluded that he got bit by a tick. How often does a tick just carry Babesia only?

I am sure he will have further symptoms down the road.

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Poppy, are you talking about Central Fla. Research lab? If so, why did it close? I tested positive on the flow cytometry antigen test for lyme by that lab, after yrs. of abx. But, haven't heard about this lab in a long time.
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seibertneurolyme
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Poppy is talking about the old Bowen lab -- the lab's owner/founder died a couple of years ago. Her daughter I think it was started the Central Fl Research Lab -- not sure of current status of that lab.

Hubby did have 2 positive smears from the old Bowen lab in 2002 and 2003 I think it was.

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Bea, check your email I jstu sent you 2 emails.
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