There are three main genera of free living amoeba that infect humans — Acanthamoeba, BalamuthiaNaegleria 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.


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Acanthamoeba trophozoites Image/CDC-DPDx
Acanthamoeba trophozoites












Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden