Parasitic infections

Bilharzia:

Schistosomiasis also known as bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm or fluke and affects the urinary system and intestines and comes from areas in lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions.

 Symptoms: 

  • Feeling malaise and unwell
  • Fever
  • Itchy blotchy rash
  • Cough
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarhea
  • Muscle and joint pain

Malaria:

Plasmodium
 
A parasitic infection that starts with a bite from a scpecific mosquito infected with the parasite. 

Signs:

  • Fever
  • Headaces
  • Vomiting
 There are 5 types of malaria:
P;asmodium falciparum
Plasmodium malariae
Plasmodium ovale
Plasmodium vivax
Plasmodium knowlesi
 

Parasitic infections are divide into 4 main groups.

Protozoa such as:

  • Giardia
  • Amoebic infections
  • Plasmodium Cryptosporidium

Helminths which by some are considered to belong to the Annalids group, not parasiticeg "worm" infections (Flatworms, Roundworms)

Ecto parasites

 

Parasites use hosts to survive and use carriers to get to the host Parasites and bacteria can usually be destroyed with antibiotics.

 Family group: Parasites are part of a large group of organisms called eukaryotes.

Parasites have a defined nucleus making them different from viruses and bacteria.

Size: Parasites are usually larger than bacteria Some parasites only replicate within a host organism, but some can multiply freely in the environment.

Parasites can be unicellular (Giardia Lamblia, Plasmodium) or multicellular (parasitic worms).

Malaria in developing countries is one of the most common parastic diseases, causing the death and illness, outweighing HIV AIDS.

In the USA, Giardia and Cryptosporidium which are waterborne parasites,are the most common causes of parasitic disease in the United States.


                 

 


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