Tag archive for ‘parasites’
By Robert On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Brazil: Leishmaniasis deaths in Mato Grosso do Sul up 44% since 2010

The number of fatalities due to the parasitic disease, visceral leishmaniasis has increased by 43.75 percent in the  Central-Western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, according to a Campo Grande News report More...

By Robert On Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Study: Eight out of 10 people in Saravane district, Laos infected with Opisthorchis, hookworm

A new study published today in the journal, Parasites and Vectors, took a look at helminthiasis problem in Southern Laos to try to understand helminth infection and associated risk factors in relation to existing More...

By Robert On Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Chagas disease in North America: An interview with Dr. Peter Hotez

At the end of October, there was an editorial published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, by founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, which More...

By Robert On Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Canada: Trichinosis outbreak sickens 15 in Nunavik

Nunavik public health officials are advising the public to thoroughly cook wild meat in light of an outbreak of trichinosis that has sickened some 15 people in Inukjuak, Quebec, with two requiring hospitalization, More...

By Robert On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Texas A&M doctoral student, Rachel Curtis, receives AAVP award for Chagas research

Texas A&M PhD student Rachel Curtis developed a way to educate the public while enlisting their help in tracking an emerging disease that threatens wildlife and humans. Chagas disease is caused by the parasite More...

By Robert On Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

New radio show, ‘Outbreak News This Week’ to premiere Saturday on the Tan Talk Network

The Global Dispatch is proud to announce its next media venture- a new, niche radio program geared toward news and information about infectious diseases. The show, Outbreak News This Week will feature the latest More...

By Robert On Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Naegleria fowleri and amoeba awareness: Personal stories and the great work from ‘Kyle Cares’ and ‘Swim Above Water’

With the summer of 2013 quickly coming to a close, the news revolving around the “brain-eating amoeba”, Naegleria fowleri, has seen everything from the 3rd known survivor of this lethal parasite in Arkansas’ More...

By Robert On Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
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WHO: 56 million people suffer from a foodborne trematodiases

At least 56 million people globally suffer from one or more foodborne trematodiases, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today in it’s current Fact Sheet. Foodborne trematodiases  are caused by More...

By Robert On Monday, August 19th, 2013

Trichomonas: the sexually transmitted parasite

This little flagellated parasite is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide, mainly causing symptoms in sexually active women. Trichomonas vaginalisImage/CDC Trichomonas vaginalis is the most More...

By Robert On Friday, August 16th, 2013

Iowa’s ‘Top Doc’ warns about Tapeworm Diet: What are the risks?

It has been reported that the medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health sent a warning against the “tapeworm diet” in her weekly email to public health workers. In the email, Dr. Patricia More...

By Robert On Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Sabin to launch vaccine discovery program for parasitic worms

In a press release Monday, The Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP) announced the launch of a soil-transmitted helminth (STH) vaccine discovery program. Two Ascaris lumbricoides nematodes, More...

By Robert On Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Iowa health officials say ‘fresh vegetables, not fruit’ possible source of Cyclospora outbreak

The Iowa Department of Public Health, CDC and local public health agencies are investigating an outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by Cyclospora (a rare parasite). As of  July 12, 45 cases of Cyclospora infections More...

By Robert On Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Iowa Cyclospora outbreak rises to 39 cases

In a follow-up to the rapidly changing Cyclospora outbreak in the Hawkeye State, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the number of cases of the parasitic infection to be 39 as of July 11. This More...

By Robert On Thursday, June 13th, 2013

What is lymphatic filariasis?

Lymphatic filariasis is a parasitic disease that is transmitted to humans, like malaria and yellow fever, via a mosquito bite. However, unlike those acute infections, lymphatic filariasis  may not manifest itself More...

By Robert On Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Cook County Jail reports lice and scabies outbreak

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart has ordered isolation within a Division of the Cook County Jail and a portion of Cermak Hospital after an outbreak of lice and scabies, according to a press release Friday. At More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Karachi official orders health dept. to initiate a public awareness campaign over Naegleria

While addressing a combined meeting of KMC and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board about Naegleria, Karachi Metro-politan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Hashim Raza Zaidi directed Health Department to launch a public More...

By Robert On Friday, April 19th, 2013
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What is Baylisascaris procyonis?

Baylisascaris procyonis is a roundworm found in the small intestines of raccoons. They excrete the eggs of this parasite in their feces. The eggs can survive in the environment for years under favorable conditions. More...

By Robert On Thursday, April 18th, 2013

What is schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis, also referred to as Bilharzia and Katayama fever, is an infection with a type of Schistosoma parasite. The schistosomes or blood flukes are parasites that have been around since antiquity. It was More...

By Robert On Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

UK 2012 ‘Crypto’ outbreak linked to ‘ready-to-eat’ salad products: HPA

A May 2012 Cryptosporidium outbreak, which sickened some 300 people over a three day period, has been linked to eating pre-cut bagged salad products which are likely to have been labelled as ‘ready-to-eat’, More...

By Robert On Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Frenzal Rhomb frontman, Jay Whalley, talks about his ‘tapeworm in the brain’ on Facebook

The lead singer of the Australian punk band explained why they had to cancel their recent tour on the bands Facebook page yesterday. Frenzal Rhomb’s Jay Whalley surgical scarImage/Frenzal Rhomb Facebook More...

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