RSSParasites

TRICHINELLA

| January 1, 2013

What is Trichinella? Trichinella is a genus of parasitic nematode worms that can cause a potentially serious infection (trichinellosis or trichinosis) in humans following consumption of infected meat. Trichinella was first described as a cause of disease in man as early as 1865. Up to ten species (or genotypes) have been described, at least seven […]

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GIARDIA

| January 1, 2013

What is Giardia? Giardia is a single-celled, flagellate, protozoan parasite belonging to the order Diplomonadida. The cells are unusual in having two nuclei. The species important in human illness is Giardia intestinalis (previously referred to as G. lamblia, or G. duodenalis). G. intestinalis is also found in a number of domestic and wild animals, including […]

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CRYPTOSPORIDIUM

| January 1, 2013

What is Cryptosporidium? Cryptosporidium is a single-celled protozoan parasite belonging to the subclass Coccidia. Until recently, the only species thought to be important in human illness was referred to as Cryptosporidium parvum. But new studies have shown that several species can infect humans, including C. hominis, which is specific to humans, and C. parvum, which […]

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