WPRI: R.I. warned about ticks

Date: 06.27.2010

Reported by: Stephen Schuler

Most common in coastal Rhode Island and Washington County, babesiosis infections often can lead to moderate flu-like symptoms. But for senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems, the outcome can turn out a lot worse.

It's life-threatening, it's expensive, recovery is considerably longer than with Lyme Disease.

Mather says the number of babesiosis cases have more than doubled since 2004.