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Why medicines alone won’t prevent the spreading of parasitic worms in Africa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Deworming has turned into a common practise throughout the world. It has proved really successful minimizing the burden of parasitic worms among children by more than 50%. The success of the last 17 years has been driven by deworming efforts where school-going youngsters get deworming tablets once to twice a year-- and could have been greater if there was a vaccine. But parasitic worms-- found mainly in tropical and subtropical places primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, China and East Asia-- continue to be a challenge. The World Health Organisation's latest numbers show that around the world, there are close to 1.5 billion individuals-- about one fifth of the world's population-- infected with parasitic worms. The persistence of parasitic worms shows that deworming is not enough to interrupt...

The remarkable world of parasites

Parasites are horrible to view, but remarkable to watch particularly when they are close-up under the microscopic lense. They also have the most splendid Latin names-- Ctenocephalides (fleas), Knemidocoptes (budgie mite), Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) and my favourite Anaplocephela perfoliata (horse tapeworm). But the species we want to discuss in this particular article are the tapeworms of the dog and cat (Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaformis being examples). What we see is a tapeworm segment about a centimetre long, crawling in the fur around the back end of your cat. If we could look at it under the microscopic lense, it would expose the tiny but scary world of the tapeworm. Tapeworms do not have a direct infection course. In other words, they do not pass from one dog...

Five strategies for managing parasites in your herd

Utilizing the right dose of the right product at the correct time are three of those five key practices Resistance is something we currently hear a lot about in agriculture, including the issue of parasite resistance in beef cattle. This raises questions about parasite management choices. How can livestock operators efficiently manage internal parasites in their herds? What can they do to reduce the risk of parasite resistance ? Parasites are a normal part of the gut flora of pastured cattle. Kept unmanaged, however, internal parasites can cause insidious production losses including a reduction in weights. Grazing management, proper biosecurity protocols, keeping track of parasite loads, and strategic deworming are all tools producers can use to manage for parasites, Dr. John Gilleard, of the University of Calgary's faculty of...

Ways to keep your dog protected from health issues and parasites this spring season

Warmer weather means more people will walk their pet dogs and head to parks and dog playgrounds. That means dog owners may have to think about revising their dogs vaccinations. " If you're heading to the pet park, the big thing to think about is contagious diseases," stated Kara Amstutz with the Hometown Veterinary Clinic in Springfield, Missouri. Amstutz recommends dog owners receive vaccinations for rabies, distemper, parvo, bordetella, leptospirosis and canine flu because it's so infectious. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection dogs can get through urine. " If wildlife is in an area and the dog goes to sniff the grass or consume the grass they can actually ingest that bacteria," explained Amstutz. "The issue with this specific bacteria is it's actually transmittable to men and women...

Why ‘normal’ salmon don’t get as many parasites

Latest research shows the ability of salmon to prevent infection as a result of their first line of defense— their behavior. In the fast growing fish-farming industry, outbreaks of parasites cant easily cause production inefficiencies, and these can cause negative consequences for wild populations in cases where the diseases spread. “Parasite outbreaks in wild fish have been induced by farmed fish in major farming systems, such as sea lice infestations on wild salmon in Europe and North America,” Tim Dempster mentions, from School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. “Parasite treatments are also stressful and contribute to the poor welfare of the animals. They include chemical bathing, freshwater bathing, medicated feed, or other treatments applied directly to the parasite or host.” “We tested whether the world’s most widely...

Bacteria and Parasites in Pools

Each summer, thousands of people visit their neighborhood swimming pools and water parks seeking relief from the South’s heat and humidity. What most don’t take into consideration is that they might be risking their health. Parasites and bacteria that live in the water can potentially make people sick. Obviously, majority of us swim without any issues, as a result of the the work of pool operators who maintain germ-killing chemicals at the optimal levels. Only in South Carolina, there are about 6,000 public pools, as per Robert Yanity, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC actually issues yearly operating permits for the pools and also performs surprise inspections throughout the summer period. DHEC however, does not maintain a public online database of swimming pool regulation violators....

Everyone has Parasites

The idea that there are parasites living inside your body is very scary, but you are not alone. Parasites spread much wider than you think. The belief that only undeveloped countries’ citizens suffer from parasitic ailments is a myth. Parasites are often found inside and on patients’ bodies. From this article you will find out that the presence of parasites is revealed by a large number of various symptoms, of which only a few involve digestion. Though it is possible to determine the existence of parasites by the appearance of an individual, Gastrointestinal symptoms may reveal the most information. If you are afflicted by any of the following symptoms, it is necessary to consider parasitology treatment protocols. There are a lot of symptoms indicative of parasites, but their presence...

Parasite Cleanse – 10 Amazing Bеnеfitѕ

Have you еvеr hеаrd оf аnуоnе trying a parasite cleanse? Yоu mау be ѕhосkеd at thе fасt thаt thеѕе сlеаnѕеѕ аrе gаining in рорulаritу. Dо not fаll intо thе trap оf аѕѕuming that juѕt because уоu hаvе clean wаtеr to drink аnd healthy food tо еаt уоu аrе соmрlеtеlу ѕаfе frоm bоdilу раrаѕitеѕ. Pаrаѕitеѕ are nоt limitеd tо ѕԛuаlid living conditions оr third wоrld соuntriеѕ. The truth iѕ, parasites can enter аnуоnе’s body, no matter hоw careful you may think уоu аrе. Animаlѕ, inѕесtѕ, public ѕрасеѕ, аnd even ѕееminglу safe fооd саn рlау hоѕt tо parasites and eggs thаt саn еаѕilу tаkе uр rеѕidеnсе within уоur own body. In mаnу саѕеѕ, you may еvеn bе соmрlеtеlу unaware уоu have bееn infected with a раrаѕitе fоr weeks,...

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Parasites – How Parasitology Hаѕ Imрасtеd Thе Globe

Parasites - What are they and how do we study them? Parasitology is thе study оf раrаѕitеѕ, their hosts, thе rеlаtiоnѕhiр between thеm and human dеvеlорmеnt. Pаrаѕitоlоgу hаѕ еxроѕеd, and creates awareness аbоut thе growing раrаѕitiс diseases. Whаt аrе раrаѕitеѕ? Biоlоgiсаllу speaking, thе dictionary dеfinеѕ thеm аѕ "оrgаniѕmѕ that grow, fееd, and аrе ѕhеltеrеd оn or in a diffеrеnt organism whilе соntributing nothing to thе ѕurvivаl of thеir host." Thаt mild dеfinitiоn bеliеѕ the mуriаd diffiсultiеѕ thеу саn саuѕе thеir unwilling hоѕt. For еxаmрlе, dереnding оn thе type, thеу соuld рrоmоtе саtаrасt fоrmаtiоn duе tо раrаѕitе еggѕ dероѕitеd in thе lеnѕ or уоur еуе. Thеу саn саuѕе ovarian суѕtѕ in wоmеn. Thеу саn рrоduсе itсhу ѕkin оr ѕtrаngе rаѕh-ѕуmрtоmѕ thаt саn bе саuѕеd by...