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A brain-invading parasite called rat lungworm has infected more than 80 people in Hawaii after they ate slugs and snails
People may become infected when they eat unwashed produce hiding the mollusks. Home-growing food and keeping pets also raises the risk.
A dangerous parasitic illness spread by bugs that bite people’s faces at night is spreading in the US, doctors warn
Bloodsucking "kissing bugs," or triatomine bugs, spread a parasitic illness called Chagas disease. Researchers have described Chagas as a "silent killer," since many people don't necessarily show signs of infection. It causes serious heart complications in about 30% of patients.
Parasitic nematodes, also known as Loa loa worms or African eyeworms, are parasites spread primarily by the bites of flies. People often don't notice they're infected until they spot a worm wriggling in their eye.
A foodborne illness has sickened at least 395 people who ate at McDonald’s, and forced recalls from Trader Joe’s and Walgreens —...
The single-celled parasite that sickened customers at McDonald's, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens is called Cyclospora cayetanensis. It causes an illness known as cyclosporiasis, which can leave sufferers with diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, weight loss, gas, and cramping.
These invasive ticks can appear in such numbers that they drain cattle of their blood — and they’ve now been found in the US for the first...
Ticks from Asia have been found in the US for the first time. The species can clone itself, leading to devastating infestations.
A woman found 14 worms hiding in her eye after it got red and scratchy — showing that a new species is capable of infecting humans
An Oregon woman found 14 Thelazia gulosa worms in her eye. They can infect cattle, but this is the first known case in a human.
A Canadian couple got infected by hookworm while walking on a beach — here’s what to know about the parasites
The couple reportedly acquired a larva migrans, or hookworm, infection from walking barefoot on the beach, which is how the parasites are often picked up.
It's the first direct evidence we have of the parasites feeding from dinosaurs. It's also the oldest evidence of ticks acting as parasites.
Tiny mysterious sea creatures attacked and bloodied an Australian teen’s legs — here’s what they probably were
The likely culprits have been identified as amphipods, scavenging crustaceans sometimes called "sea fleas".
Crypto is the most common cause of diarrheal illness linked to swimming pools in the US. The number of outbreaks has doubled since 2014.