What is Echinococcus? Echinococcus granulosus is a relatively small tapeworm (3-6 mm in length) that is found in dogs and other canids, wolves for example. Humans are accidentally infected through association...

No, this is not a question for Gary Johnson, or any other Presidential hopeful. But for the thousands of people afflicted with this parasitic disease in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, they could...

Baylisascaris procyonis, aka the raccoon roundworm, is a ubiquitous roundworm found throughout North America. Infection can result in fatal human disease or severe neurologic outcomes if it is not treated...

For the second time in recent years, US President Barack Obama has had a newly discovered parasite named after him. In 2012, Paragordius obamai, a new nematode (roundworm) was named after the 44th President...

There are so many reasons to teach young children to keep their fingers out of their mouths and not to eat dirt. Add the fact that there are so many dogs and puppies using our yard for a bathroom; your...

Shigellosis is an acute bacterial disease of the intestines caused by several species of the bacterium, Shigella. It is typified by loose stools, frequently containing blood and mucus (dysentery), accompanied...

Melioidosis (also known as Whitmore disease and Nightcliff gardener’s disease) is caused by the bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei. The disease though somewhat rare has been seen in areas of Southeast...

Every now and then you hear of the stories of dares, often drunken and foolish dares, to eat a slug. Not only is this extremely gross and disgusting, this is simply a bad idea and here’s why: the...

The current population of India is 1,328,895,718 as of Saturday, August 20, 2016, based on the latest United Nations estimates, accounting for nearly 18 percent of the world’s population and placing...

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Working Group on Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases is pleased to announce that the webinar, Trends in Tickborne Diseases in the United States, is now...