posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:11 PM
Sounds like Babesiosis to me: caused by a parasite found in the US. Symptoms fit almost dead on. Dark urine, mental changes, jaundice... In New
England by any chance? The scientific name is Babesia microti and its transmitted through deer tick similar to Lyme's Disease. You mentioned he got
it in the summer, and thats when people are most around deer ticks carrying nasties. Incubation is about 7 to 21 days. The good news is that it's
treatable: with clindamycin and quinine, and often survived with people have their spleens, and a lower rate in those without, but not often fatal.
Were the transfusions before or after he started with the jaundice, dark urine, and changes to mental health? If the transfusions were BEFORE all
these weird symptoms, then I change my vote to Hepatitis B unless the transfusion was in the northeast.
At any rate... good luck with that :/