Babesia statistics for the UK

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Dear Health Protection Agency,

I am applying for information under the Freedom of Information Act re Babesia infection in humans in the UK.

Please supply the following information;

I require the figures for Babesia infection in humans in the UK for the past 10 years.

I would like to know what clinical test was done on the human blood samples to test for Babesia infection which relates to the statistics provided.

I need to know is there is a standard NHS test for Babesia infection in the UK and where this test is performed ie which hospital / clinicians.

I need to know what the standard NHS treatment is for Babesia infection in humans.

Yours faithfully,


Dear Health Protection Agency,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Health Protection Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Babesia statistics for the UK'.

I requested information from the Health Protection Agency on 2 separate occasions re Babesia infection rates in humans in the UK. What NHS tests are available for detecting this illness and what treatments are available.

You have given me no acknowledgement of my request nor an answer. I will be chasing this issue through the official channels.

What could you be hiding!!


A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,


Freedom Of Information, Health Protection Agency

Dear Fiona,

May I firstly apologise for the delay in providing a response to your

I can confirm that we hold some of the information you make reference to
in your request.

The Health Protection Agency does not hold these data for the time
period you specify. However, we do hold data on UK test requests from
February 2004 to 31 January 2011.

During that time the Hospital for Tropical Diseases diagnosed one case
of Babesia microti infection imported into the UK from the USA which we
confirmed on blood film microscopy.

Five patients' sera were positive for B.microti antibodies.

Blood films and serology (by IFAT) are performed at the Hospital for
Tropical diseases.

The recommended treatment for B.microti infection in adults is oral
quinine 650 mg every 8 hours plus clindamycin 600 mg every 8 hours for 7
days OR oral atovaquone 750 mg every 12 hours plus azithromycin 500 mg
on day one and 250 mg daily thereafter for 7 days.

If you are dissatisfied with this response and would like a copy of the
HPA complaints procedure then please write to Mr George Stafford, HPA
Complaints Manager, Health Protection Agency, 61 Colindale Avenue,
London NW9 5EQ.

Please note that you have the right to an independent review by the
Information Commissioner's Office if a complaint cannot be resolved
through the HPA complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner's
Office can be contacted by writing to Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Please contact me if you require any further information or assistance.

HPA FOI Officer

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jacqui butterworth left an annotation ()

Thank you Fiona-are you happy with the response-I have tried to find out about Lyme but flannel I got back-never resolved ppoperly and I had to change computers and lost the letters I sent and their replies,


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