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Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ever infected by a type of eye worm previously seen only in cattle. For days, the woman's left eye felt irritated. It felt like there was a ...

You Won't Believe What Lived Inside This Boy's Eye

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For one unfortunate Mexican teenager, an unwanted tenant living in his eye led to what may be a permanent loss of vision, doctors report. As published Sept. 21 in The New England Journal of Medicine, an unnamed 17-year-old boy from a rural town in Mexico came to a hospital after suffering impaired vision and pain in his right eye for three weeks. According to ...

The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – Kids love to play in sandboxes, and it helps them develop motor and social skills. But have you ever considered what kind of germs might be lurking in that communal sand? Sandboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs, whether brought in by animals using them as litter boxes or by kids interacting with other kids, researchers say. Dr. ...

Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates. It was believed that the parasite Baylisascaris procyonis, or raccoon roundworm, led to severe neurological problems and even death in infected people. But University of Georgia (UGA) researchers found that isn't necessarily true. They looked at 347 wildlife ...

New Clues to Sleeping Sickness

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Parasites that cause sleeping sickness can be found on the skin of people with no symptoms of the disease, a new study finds. Sleeping sickness affects 4,000 to 8,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa each year. People are generally infected by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which transmits the parasites. Symptoms include fever, headaches, joint pain and itching. The ...

Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – The main health problems of refugee children from Asia and Africa when they arrive in the United States are outlined in a new study. Based on screenings of more than 8,100 young refugees between 2006 and 2012, the top health concerns were hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia, the study found. The refugees, all younger than 19, were ...

Chagas Disease Parasite Prevalent in Texas 'Kissing Bugs'

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Blood-sucking insects commonly found in Texas are often carriers of a deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease, a new study finds. The bugs – also known as "assassin bugs" or "kissing bugs" – can carry a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease, said researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Texas residents appear to be at much ...

With School Back in Session, Kids Need Refresher Course on Hand-Washing

Posted 7 Sep 2015 by

SATURDAY, Sept. 5, 2015 – With the start of the new school year, parents need to remind their children about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it properly, an infectious-disease expert says. Hand-washing is the best way to prevent many types of infections, and is especially important after using the bathroom and before eating, according to Dr. Beverly Connelly. She's with the division ...

Pets Can Spread Infections to People: Review

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Pets can transfer infections to humans, especially young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, experts report. Pet owners and health care providers need to be aware of this risk and take steps to protect vulnerable people, said the authors of a review published in the April 20 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Studies ...

Roundworm Parasite Targets Canine Eyes

Posted 16 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – A small number of dogs and cats across the United States have been infected by a roundworm parasite that targets the eye, according to a new report. While the condition isn't fatal, researchers say vets and owners should be aware of the outbreak and test dogs from areas where infections are widespread. "Infection can be a serious threat to animals, leading to the loss ...

Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

Posted 21 Nov 2014 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 – Scientists say they've mapped the genome – the genetic "blueprint" – of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection. As reported Nov. 21 in the journal Genome Biology, the tapeworm was removed from the brain of a 50-year-old British man of Chinese ethnicity. "This infection is so rare worldwide and ...

Roundworm Infections Threaten Organ Recipients

Posted 11 Apr 2013 by

THURSDAY, April 11 – Three people who received transplant organs in 2012 from the same 24-year-old donor got more than they bargained for: Each developed a severe roundworm infection, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The transplant recipients acquired Strongyloides, an infection caused by an intestinal parasite common in the tropics and subtropics known as S. stercoralis. The infection ...

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