In the latest installment of the Parasites 101 series on the podcast, Parasitology teacher and author of Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests, Rosemary Drisdelle joined me to discuss the protozoan parasite, Dientamoeba fragilis.
“The unflagellated human flagellate”, D. fragilis is a pathogenic protozoan parasite with a world-wide distribution. Interestingly, a resistant cyst stage has not been demonstrated and it is unlikely that its trophozoites can survive successfully outside the human host.
D. fragilis infection may be acute or chronic, and has been reported in both children and adults.
Other podcasts with Rosemary Drisdelle:
- Parasites 101: Ascaris lumbricoides
- Parasites 101: Cyclospora
- Parasites 101: Entamoeba histolytica
- Diphyllobothrium: The largest known tapeworms that can infect people
- Parasites 101: Swimmer’s itch
Other podcasts about parasites:
- Raccoon roundworm: The rare and potentially lethal zoonosis
- A look at the neglected tropical disease, Chagas disease
- Naegleria fowleri: An interview with Dr Jennifer Cope
- Coyote tapeworm in Alberta: 5th human case reported
- Parasites: Obama gets his second namesake species
- Parasites: 6-ft pork tapeworm removed through man’s mouth
- New hosts for Chagas disease vectors identified
- Slavery brought schistosome parasites from West Africa to the Caribbean: genomics reveals