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
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
Inside Impact: All for Mothers From Emmy-Award winning director Danielle Levitt comes Inside Impact: All for Mothers. This virtual reality film, brought to you by Merck for Mothers, journeys to Uganda to follow the heroic midwives who are working to make maternal mortality a thing of the past.
For centuries, river blindness (onchocerciasis) plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America and Yemen, and there was no answer to this affliction. This all began to change in the mid-to-late 1970s, when Dr. William Campbell of Merck Research Laboratories suggested the use of ivermectin (later named Mectizan) for river blindness in humans. Following the breakthrough
The twentieth century’s arsenal of chemical anthelmintics brought manifold improvement in human health and, more abundantly, in animal health. The benefits were not only in health per se but also in agricultural economics, livestock management, and the overall production of food and fiber to support expanding human populations. Nevertheless, there remains (due in large part
A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. Viruses are tiny organisms that may lead to mild to severe illnesses in humans, animals and plants. This may include
Drug resistance is complicating the treatment of parasitic diseases. Parasites resort to multiple biochemical means to achieve resistance. Understanding drug resistance is essential for the control of parasitic diseases. Understanding antiparasitic resistance is important when considering your parasite control options. Antiparasitic resistance is the genetic ability of parasites to survive the effects of an antiparasitic