NEWS: Man dies from first recorded case of babesiosis in Australia
Australian man’s death from multi-organ failure is attributed to tick-borne parasite.
From the Canberra Times:
Tick bite spread deadly parasite
March 19, 2012
Doctors suspect some east coast rodent or marsupial populations could be carrying a deadly parasite after the first Australian human case of the potentially lethal tick-borne infection babesiosis was detected at the Canberra Hospital.
A 56-year-old South Coast man died from babesiosis in the hospital last year, a team of doctors and scientists has revealed in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The man, who had several pre-existing medical conditions, was transferred to the Canberra Hospital in November 2010 after suffering serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident.
His condition deteriorated and in April last year parasites were detected in his blood.
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- August 24, 2012 at 9:45 am
I’m going to be the next one dead from it, or something similar. My blood platelets are dropping at a rapid pace and I’m having many severe respiratory incidents. I am still at 100 in platelets but they drop an average of 10 to 15 points a month. I’m sweating to death, have a large pituitary tumour, have had breast cancer and dozens of skin changes, lesions in my lungs even though I don’t smoke, and so on. Finally, because I knew I was dying, I asked for a Lyme test. They gave me one and the Eliza test (Canada) showed I was positive for three types of Lyme antibodies: B. Burgdorferi, Afzellii, and Garinii. Other test showed I didn’t have it, yet I am struggling more and more from chest pain and am gradually losing my ability to walk. I have severe and advanced spinal degeneration and ostioporosis. The chest pain is the most difficult to deal with. I have had muscle spasms for years but now I’m getting what feels like Charlie Horses in the chest. I can’t tell if these spasms are coming from the spine, the lungs, or the heart. I sweat to death all the time and sleep most of my life away because of the falling platelets and pituitary tumour which has now grown to 1.2 cm. (And yes, many people with pituitary tumours also have Lyme disease).
I asked for those blood tests on May 22. It is now August 24th, and they are still sending the tests away trying to prove I don’t have it. But if I don’t have it, then I have something worse. My life will be limited and if the platelets keep dropping, I will be dead within a few months. Patients with Lyme disease who have had their spleens removed didn’t live for long. They need their spleens for their immune system.
I have received no treatment whatsoever — not to even take care of what I know is severe infection somewhere between my heart and lungs. My MRI pictures of chest and brain are both very scary looking. I have never seen anything like it, yet the comments in the MRI say nothing. There is what appears to be a huge mountain of plaque on top of my brain and I have a huge white star on my chest pictures as well as some kind of semi-transparent lumps that appear to be pushing my spine backward. (I believe these are infection).
This is very painful and I haven’t received one bit of antibiotic during all of this time, not only to treat Lyme but also not even to treat this painful infection in the chest/lung/heart area. I believe it’s an infection anyway, by the way it all feels during these attacks. My chest hurts for 24 hours a day as well.
- October 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm
I have no words to comfort you. So sorry….I believe instead of the western blott ruling out false positive elevated lyme antibodies it creates lots of false negatives. Did you ever try Igenix testing?
- March 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm
Many have this disease it’s in every country and city yet the cdc etc are huge liars and infectious disease specialists even with a positive result tell you its not in this state area etc. B.S.!!!!!! I know for a FACT many have this in Australia * if testing and reporting were done RIGHT they wouldn’t haha say this is the first reported ask around, it’s there and people are dying and killing themselves like crazy. No help and no support for this disease and its a living breathing hell. My daughter and I also have it here in Arkansas. Where they say its also not reported or people have it when I know many hospitals, doctors and clinics who say differently!!!
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