The Parasitology interviews, Part 5

February 9, 2019

Filarial worms are long thread like worms that live in the tissue and body cavities of vertebrates. Their eggs mature into tiny larvae called microfilariae. There are at least eight filarids that are of importance to humans with Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi being the most common.

Transmitted by the bite of the tsetse flu (Glossina spp.), African trypanosomiasis, of sleeping sickness is a serious infection caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei.

Although the infection is not found in the United States, historically, it has been a serious public health problem in some regions of sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2014, 3,796 sleeping sickness cases were reported to the World Health Organization; T. b. gambiense accounted for greater than 98% of cases. Many cases, however, are probably not recognized nor reported.

The Parasitology interviews, Part 2

T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise featuring the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi
To see the whole set of T. cruzi merchandise go to Chagas in Black and White

Dicrocoelium dendriticum, or the lancet liver fluke is a trematode not often seen in humans.

The Parasitology interviews, Part 1

The Parasitology interviews, Part 3

T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise with a clean, computerized image of the three schistosomes. See more unique items with this design at  Blood flukes in Black and White 

The Parasitology interviews, Part 4

Trichomonas vaginalis Image/CDC
Trichomonas vaginalis



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