By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Trichinella spiralis is a nematode parasite that gives rise to the disease ‘trichinosis’. It is probably the smallest nematode parasite causing diseases in humans and it is widespread throughout the world although the incidence of ‘trichinosis’ in the United States and many other...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Schistosoma is a nematode parasite responsible for causing the disease Schistosomiasis or ‘bilharzia’ in humans. Although most infections settle without any complications, and sometimes without any significant symptoms, some may develop life threatening events. Although the disease causing Schistosoma worms are not detected in...
By: Kenneth Andrews
Entamoeba histolytica, often written as E. histolytica, is a protozoan parasite which is thought to have infected as many as 50 million humans worldwide. Its life cycle does not make for comfortable reading. Mature cysts - clusters of individual trophozoites encased in a tough capsule...
By: Phyllis Logie
After Malaria, infection by the parasite known as Schistosoma (S) is considered to be the second most devastating, debilitating, disfiguring and sometimes deadly disease which affects million of people worldwide. Yet it has been classified as one of the neglected tropical diseases. The parasite is...
By: Jenni Hillis
Entamoeba histolytica is defined as a eukaryotic microorganism because the genetic material in the nucleus is contained in a specific membrane. This type of microbe has been referred to as a protozoan parasite. This is because the parasite needs to have a host to survive...
What are microorganisms?
By: Christyl Rivers
Microorganisms are everywhere. They support life as we know it. They can live far out in the atmosphere and have been found as high as twenty miles up. They also live deep into our soils, and even beneath rocks. They have been found alive deeper...
An overview of the Theileria parasites
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Theileria is a genus of protozoan parasites (family Theileriidae, suborder Piroplasmorina) transmitted by ticks. Several species cause theileriosis in ruminants by multiplying in the white blood cells, causing tumor-like growth, and then invading the red blood cells. The Wellcome Trust estimates that 240 million cattle...
An overview of the Theileria parasites
By: Barbara Stanley
Theileria causes disease in domestic and wild animals as a parasite on ticks. Millions of animals are at risk every year. This parasite has the capability of causing a worldwide food shortage and total devastation to poor farmers in the Third World. According to the...
By: B. J. Deming
The words “fun” and “bacteria” aren’t commonly associated together, especially by those of us who prefer not to think exactly how cheese is made, let alone what goes on in our septic tanks and wastewater treatment plants. Nonetheless, bacteria are everywhere, and...
An overview of the Theileria parasites
By: Amelia Emery
Tropical theileriosis and East Coast Fever are fatal diseases caused by infections of parasitic protozoa known as Theileria. The diseases affect cattle, water buffalo, yak, and other ruminants in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Introduced breeds of cattle that are more suseptable to the...

 

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