International Journal of Hepatology / 2012 / Article / Fig 1

Review Article

“Human Babesiosis”: An Emerging Transfusion Dilemma

Figure 1

Scanning electron micrograph of an Ixodes tick larva with enlarged mouth part (mandibles and hypostome) demonstrating blade-shaped denticules. Tick inserts denticles into the flesh of the victim, opens them like an umbrella during blood meal, and infects the host with babesia (sporozoites).