Scientists in Florida have found traces of rat lungworm in five counties, bolstering the idea that this potentially fatal parasite may be expanding its geographical range on account of—you guessed it—climate change. If this sounds familiar, you’re probably thinking of the recent rash of rat lungworm infections in Hawaii. Previously, over the past 20 years, only
The parasite that causes rat lungworm disease is now endemic in the southeastern United States, and it’s expected to spread northward. There is a long, grim history of infectious diseases crisscrossing the globe aboard giant ships. Explorers looking to set up new colonies carried smallpox, measles, and other deadly viruses with them to distant lands.
Strongyloides, Mites and Morgellons Part 1: On this episode the Human Parasites Support Network talks about strongyloides, nematodes and resistant mites. How mites are vectors to other diseases. If you get infected with mites, then there’s a really good possibility that the mites are infecting you with the parasites that are infecting them making them
It’s a mysterious condition that affects tens of thousands worldwide. But what is it? It all started in August 2007, on a family holiday in New England. Paul had been watching Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix with his wife and two sons, and he had started to itch. His legs, his arms,
On a hyperconnected planet rife with hyperinfectious diseases, experts warn we aren’t ready to keep America–and the world–safe from the next pandemic Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping
What do Demodex hair mites look like? What Do Demodex Hair Mites Look Like you ask? Well, because they are invisible to the eye, unless aided by a microscope many people are curious what is actually going on with hair mites and how they look. The adult Demodex mites usually are around 0.3 mm in length.
MAUI, HI (KHON) — Eight possible cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported in Hawaii and health department officials worry that number could rise. There are four confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease on Maui. Two people who got sick live on Maui and two others were visitors to the state, but that tally
A 23-year-old woman presented with a 1-month history of headache, vomiting, recurrent episodes of syncope, weight gain, and leg pain. A physical examination revealed several subcutaneous nodules on the patient’s face and trunk. Exophthalmos, fundal hemorrhage, neck rigidity, and a hypertrophic appearance of the thigh and calf muscles were also noted.
A 48-year-old man presented with a 2-month history of abdominal discomfort and lethargy. Physical examination revealed pallor, and results from laboratory studies showed mild anemia (hemoglobin level, 9.2 g per deciliter [normal, 12 to 15 g per deciliter]). Colonoscopy revealed a proglottid from a tapeworm in the rectosigmoid colon, and gastroduodenoscopy identified its location in the proximal duodenum, extending distally (Video 1).
March 9, 2017 Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance to artemisinin in many countries in Southeast Asia.1,2 Artemisinin combination therapy is the first-line treatment for malaria in the majority of countries in which the disease is endemic, and its efficacy is particularly important in Africa, where malaria is the most widespread.3 We report here an