By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Protozoa are a group of unicellular organisms, which can exist in most environments. These organisms are microscopic in nature and in most instances, they provide useful support for other living beings. However, some protozoa could cause diseases and among them, diseases caused by intestinal protozoa...
The role of snails in schistosomiasis
By: Shawn Wells
Schistosomiasis is one of a number of parasitic diseases that can affect human beings. It is caused by an infection of trematode flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. An infection of these parasites can linger in the body for years, causing mostly minor, but sometimes life...
By: Jessica Williford MSHS, CEHT
This article discusses the common complications of parasitic diseases. Many areas of the body can be affected by parasitic disease and complications can occur if left untreated. These complications occur all over the body and begin with symptoms discussed below. Particular complications occur depending on...
By: Sylvia Farley
According to the World Health Organisation, Schistosomiasis, or Bilharzia, as it is commonly known, is a parasitic disease that infects over 200 million people in 74 tropical and sub-tropical countries who do not have safe drinking water. A further 500 million are estimated to be...
Diseases transmitted by Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito
By: Daniel Cloud
Aedis albopictus, better know as the Asian Tiger mosquito is the host of a myriad of diseases. The common name is comes from the tiger-like stripes across its body and legs. The Asian Tiger mosquito thrives in tropical areas, but due to international trade has...
By: R.J. Nestor
Mosquito-borne illnesses have long plagued the tropics, but the invasion of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) into temperate zones dramatically increases the risk to human health. Because it bites aggressively and during daylight hours, it poses a greater threat to humans than other mosquito...
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a respiratory disease caused by a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract, specifically by pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae). The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) notes that the disease usually affects children under 5 years of age and adults over...
By: Michael Totten
Pneumonia is a serious medical condition where the lung's alveoli become inflamed, or where part or all of the lungs fill with fluid. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a form of bacterial pneumonia most commonly caused either by the Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae or by the Gram-positive...
By: Amelia Emery
Pneumococcal sepsis is a serious medical condition where bacteria, specifically Streptococcus pneumoniae, infect the blood. The infection of the blood causes the immune system to react at full force and creates an inflammatory response as a counter attack to the bacterial infection. Although caused by...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Malaria is a disease, which infects more than 300 million people all over the world and is estimated to be responsible for more than 1.5 million deaths each year. It is a tropical disease, which continues to haunt countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa than...

 

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