In 2011, the FAO / WHO Expert Committee developed a ranking of parasites transmitted by foods of importance in world public health, which included some two dozen parasites. The Parasitology Section...

In a follow-up to an interview on the dwarf tapeworm, Hymenolepsis nana last week, this week we look a related cestode, the rat tapeworm. Hymenolepis diminuta is a tapeworm that occurs throughout the...

In our running series on parasites, we’re going to look at another tapeworm–The dwarf tapeworm or Hymenolepis nana. Joining me is parasitology expert, author  and friend of the show, Rosemary...

On today’s podcast we are going to finish up talking about human lice. On the last podcast we looked at head and body lice and we’ll tackle pubic lice or crabs on today’s show. It doesn’t...

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Trichomoniasis is the most common curable sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by the protozoan parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

The Carter Center, along with South Sudan’s health minister, Dr. Riek Gai Kok announced today that South Sudan has succeeded in interrupting transmission of Guinea worm disease. As of the end of February...

On today’s show, we talk about schistosomiasis. Health authorities say more than 200 million people are infected worldwide and in terms of impact, this disease is second only to malaria as the most...

A Chinese woman who ate several frogs in 2013, in an effort to sooth her rheumatism, has a tapeworm removed from her breast five years later, according to a Chinese news source (computer translated). Years...