Actual Babesia infection

The above image is an actual geimsa stained blood smear of hamster red blood cells infected with the newly recognized Babesia isolate WA1. Both forms of the parasite are present; Ring forms (purple arrows) and Tetrads (blue arrows)

Note the tetrad form of the parasite- the form which identifies Babesia and distiguishes it from malaria infections diagnosed by stained blood smears Return to the Babesia Home Page