Three tourists from the mainland contracted rat lungworm while visiting Hawaii. One contracted the illness after eating a slug on a dare. How does the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis infect humans?
Public Health May 26, 2019
Parasitic fleas burrowed into the girls feet while she played in a muddy pigsty in Brazil. The symptoms indicate that the 10-year-old contracted a tropical disease known as tungiasis.
Public Health April 2, 2019
In a series of experiments, researchers found evidence that the varroa mites that attack honey bees do not have an appetite for hemolymph or bee blood. What do these parasites feed on?
Animals January 15, 2019
A team of researchers discovered four new species of ancient parasitic wasps while examining fly pupae fossils. The insects were named after the terrifying creatures in the 'Aliens' movies because they also burst out of their hosts.
Ancient August 29, 2018
Students who tested positive for toxoplasma gondii, a mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces, were more likely to be a business major. People tested positive for the parasite are also 1.8 times more likely to have started their company.
Public Health July 26, 2018
Michael Dumas' friends buried him in the sand during a trip to a Florida Beach. The doctor said hookworms may have burrowed under his feet while he was buried.
Public Health July 25, 2018
A multistate clyclospora outbreak was linked to consumption of McDonald’s salad. In response, the fast-food chain pulled out the said food item from its 3,000 stores to help contain the outbreak.
Public Health July 15, 2018
A tapeworm in the spine turned out to be responsible for the odd sensation and pain in a French woman's feet. What are the other symptoms associated with echinococcus granulosus infection?
Public Health July 13, 2018
A French woman, who had been struggling with pain in her lower legs, discovered she had a parasite that invaded her spine. The parasite is usually found in pets or farm animals.
Public Health July 12, 2018
Experts suspect that there could be more cases of cyclosporiasis linked to Del Monte vegetable trays since signs of infection may emerge a week after eating contaminated food. What are the symptoms of the parasitic illness?
Public Health July 9, 2018
At least 56 people in Texas have been sickened by the parasite Cyclospora since May. Past outbreaks were associated with consumption of fresh produce. How is this intestinal illness treated?
Public Health July 3, 2018
A 32-year-old woman in Russia took a selfie when she noticed a lump under her left eye. The mysterious bulge, however, started moving, with doctors discovering that there was a worm under her skin for two weeks.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 21, 2018
Researchers found that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, can take advantage of liver cells to survive and reproduce. The finding, said the researchers, could lead them to develop new drugs that would help treat malaria even before any symptoms appear.
Medicine May 23, 2018
A woman from India suffered from ascariasis, an infection caused by roundworms that had been living in her bile duct for six months. Doctors were able to extract 14 roundworms, measuring about 6 to 8 inches each.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 3, 2018
An analysis of ancient fecal matters revealed what kind of parasitic worms had infected the Northern European and Middle Eastern ancient people. The analysis also revealed the type of food and lifestyle they had during their period.
Ancient April 26, 2018
Sam Ballard was 19 years old when he swallowed a garden slug on a dare. The life of the former rugby player dramatically changed after that, with his family now seeking financial aid from the government for his medical bills.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 8, 2018
Suffering from allergic reactions like a runny nose or skin rash? A new study involving bed bug poop suggests the culprit may be living right in your bedroom.
Animals February 14, 2018
What a woman thought as an ordinary eye inflammation is actually an infection that only occurs among cattle. In three weeks, not only one parasitic worm but more than a dozen were extracted from her eye.
Public Health February 13, 2018
A Canadian couple acquired hookworms after walking barefoot on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Health Canada denied them the necessary medication, so they had to get it in the United States.
Public Health January 30, 2018
Eating raw food is good for the health but not if you're eating raw fish. Experts warned that consuming raw or uncooked fish increases the risks of parasitic infections.
Public Health January 21, 2018
Researchers are warning pet owners about the dangers of feeding their pets raw meat products, as they pose a risk not only to animals but also to themselves. These products were often found to be infected with parasites and bacteria.
Public Health January 13, 2018
Robert Trostle sued Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, claiming that he contracted an eye-eating parasite from the Raging Rapids ride. Trostle is still not cured even after a painful surgery that tried to scrape the parasite off his eye.
Public Health December 1, 2017
War veterans suffering from cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer, may have been infected by liver fluke from the rivers of Vietnam. How did the soldiers contract the slow-killing parasite?
Feature | Health November 22, 2017
A parasitic worm was found wriggling in the eyeball of a teenager in Mexico. The nematode was removed but it has already caused serious eye damage. How did it get into the boy's eye?
Public Health September 25, 2017
A third of all parasite species could be wiped out by the year 2070, according to researchers. Losing a significant amount of the species could spell bad news for the ecosystem.
Animals September 10, 2017
The rat lungworm parasite that can cause potentially deadly meningitis has been found in Florida. Here are the five counties where researchers detected the presence of the parasite in snails and rats.
Public Health June 29, 2017
New research suggests that fatalities from Chagas disease may be under-reported due to its non-symptomatic stage. Trypanosoma cruzi increases the risk of death in infected individuals.
Public Health May 20, 2017
CDC warns about increasing reports of parasite infection from pools and water parks. The 2016 Crypto outbreaks more than doubled the number of reported cases in 2014.
Public Health May 19, 2017
Two of the six people who drank Kava drink in Keaau were confirmed infected by rat lungworm parasite. A slug was found at the bottom of the brew that was left in an uncovered bucket overnight.
Public Health April 20, 2017
Rat lungworm was first detected in Taiwan in 1944 and has since spread to other parts of the world including the United States. How does globalization and climate change help spread the parasite?
Public Health April 8, 2017
The newly discovered crypt keeper wasp has an ingenious albeit diabolical means of survival. Meet the hyperparasite Euderus set and other equally sinister parasites in nature.
Animals February 5, 2017
The Japanese broad tapeworm was once thought to infect only fish in Asia. Now, four species of Pacific salmon carry the parasite. What species of salmon are affected?
Public Health January 15, 2017
Wildlife experts said they need to conduct additional tests on the Yellowstone River to find out if the parasite that caused the recent fish kill has spread to major tributaries. The river could remain closed for the next few weeks.
Earth/Environment August 23, 2016
The crypto parasite found in at least 20 Arizona swimming pools has sickened more than 100. Health authorities recommended measures to prevent spreading the diarrhea-causing disease.
Public Health August 21, 2016
Wildlife officials decided to close the Yellowstone River to prevent further spread of the parasite that has killed thousands of fishes. How long will the closure last?
Earth/Environment August 19, 2016
Health officials declared an outbreak following an increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis. The crypto parasite, which causes gastrointestinal disease can survive in chlorinated pool waters.
Public Health August 14, 2016
The new compound GNF6702 can kill the kinteoplastid parasites that cause the neglected tropical diseases chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. In a study on mice, treatment did not cause adverse side effects.
Medicine August 9, 2016
A University of Sydney study has revealed that bed bugs' thicker skin is their protection against common insecticides. Biologist David Lilly aims to understand the biological mechanisms of bed bugs to help in development of effective insecticides.
Earth/Environment April 14, 2016
Blood samples taken from hundreds of animals revealed that malaria may have originated from bird hosts. The mosquito-borne parasite appeared to have then spread to bats and other mammals.
Life March 27, 2016
Super lice, which are now resistant to commonly used over-the-counter drugs, can be spread to one person to another. Since kids are often victims, parents are advised on ways to protect their kids.
Life February 27, 2016
A Japanese scientist lately discovered a new mycoheterotrophic plant species. The surprising finding: the parasitic plant has abandoned photosynthesis and lives off fungi for nutrients.
Animals February 23, 2016
The world has all eyes on the Zika virus. Now, scientists warn that two other parasitic diseases can also be passed from mother to child through the placenta.
Life February 2, 2016
A man from China who was suffering from stomach pains and drastic weight loss excreted a 20-foot long tapeworm. Doctors said he likely ingested the parasite from eating raw beef.
Life January 22, 2016
Despite the Romans' popular culture of regular bathing, modern research found that Roman toilets helped spread parasites across the Empire. Their widespread use of human feces as fertilizers could have re-infected the population through surviving parasite eggs in the grown crops.
Life January 8, 2016
Currently spreading in ISIS-controlled areas in Syria, leishmaniasis is primarily transferred by bugs feeding on rotting corpses on the streets. A recent WHO report on Syria said that aid agencies are scrambling to help over 13 million Syrians immediately.
Life December 13, 2015