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.
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
B cells are increasingly recognized as a therapeutic target in autoimmune diseases. B-cell–depleting therapy with the use of rituximab, a monoclonal antibody to CD20, is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody–associated vasculitis and is frequently used off-label to treat lupus nephritis.1 The rationale for targeting B cells in multiple sclerosis has remained controversial, particularly because major animal models of the disease do not involve B cells.2
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
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
What if, unbeknownst to you, someone—or something—was controlling your behavior for its own nefarious ends? Join photographer Anand Varma as he reveals this nightmare scenario being acted out over and over across the natural world, as unsuspecting hosts are compelled to nurture and protect mind-sucking parasites.