There are three main genera of free living amoeba that infect humans — Acanthamoeba, Balamuthia, Naegleria that are are important causes of disease in humans and animals. The topic for today’s podcast will be one of them– Acanthamoeba.
Acanthamoeba is a microscopic, free-living amoeba that can cause rare, but severe infections of the eye, skin, and central nervous system.
Joining me to talk about Acanthamoeba is Parasitology teacher and author of Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests, Rosemary Drisdelle.
- Parasites 101: Ascaris lumbricoides
- Parasites 101: Whipworm
- Dientamoeba fragilis: ‘The unflagellated human flagellate’
- Lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria: The battle against the disfiguring parasitic disease
- Parasites 101: Pinworms
- Parasites 101: Entamoeba histolytica
- Diphyllobothrium: The largest known tapeworms that can infect people
- Parasites 101: Swimmer’s itch
- Parasites 101: Cyclospora
- Coyote tapeworm in Alberta: 5th human case reported
- Raccoon roundworm: The rare and potentially lethal zoonosis
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden