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2014-07-25 16:23:02

STILLWATER, Okla., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's battle against parasites has a young, aggressive ally. Launched in 2009, the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (NCVP) at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is helping carry the fight against parasites and vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and the organisms they transmit. These foes attack humans, animals and our food supply. The National Center for Veterinary...

2014-07-24 23:10:23

Is that mosquito on your arm just a pest, or could it be carrying a deadly disease? CCSU professor Dr. Alicia Bray is conducting two studies will help determine just how widespread disease-carrying mosquitoes are in Connecticut and how manmade ponds may be helping these mosquitoes spread. New Britain, CT (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Dr. Alicia Bray, assistant professor of biology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), is conducting two studies to determine the prevalence of certain...

2014-07-22 16:22:46

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Life Sciences, whose founders invented insect growth regulator technology more than 35 years ago, recently announced that Zenivex(®) adulticide has received approval in California from the EPA for mosquito control efforts over cropland and pastureland. "Our California mosquito control customers have been anxiously awaiting this crop clearance for Zenivex(® )adulticide, and we're excited that they can now rely on it for an even...

2014-07-16 23:11:26

With this year’s wet spring and continued widespread flooding, experts are predicting a 2014 bumper crop of mosquitoes. Take steps now to mosquito-proof outdoor living spaces by removing standing water and planting mosquito repellent plants such as the Mosquito Plant (also called Citronella Geranium) now available on a limited basis through Clover's Home and Garden. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 Just in time for peak mosquito season, Clover’s Home and Garden is now offering...

2014-07-15 04:22:16

Lice is a problem that many parents have to deal with as their children grow up and enjoy their days with other children. Dr. Michael Gabriel discusses tips parents should follow to deal with lice. BOHEMIA, N.Y., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dr. Michael Gabriel, a leading State Island Pediatrician, expands on an article that offers tips and information about lice and how to deal with lice. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140711/126314 According to the article...

Parasites Not At Home On The Range
2014-07-10 03:45:38

By Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barbara A new study on parasites that infect a marine snail suggests that though hosts might expand their geographical range, the parasites don’t always follow As climate change shifts the geographic ranges in which animals can be found, concern mounts over the effect it has on their parasites. Does an increased range for a host mean new territory for its parasites as well? Not necessarily, says a team of UC Santa Barbara scientists, including...

2014-07-03 10:02:04

UC Davis A new pathogen has been discovered by scientists investigating major die-offs of pigeons native to North America, according to studies led by the University of California, Davis, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scientists were able to implicate this new parasite, along with the ancient parasite Trichomonas gallinae, in the recent deaths of thousands of Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons. The die-offs occurred during multiple epidemics in California’s...

2014-06-19 23:10:03

The new issue of The Journal of Parasitology features an article that traces the evolution of paleoparasitology over seven decades. The authors of this article conclude that the 21st century has catapulted paleoparasitology into becoming a sub-discipline of its own with new molecular tools and diagnostics being used for the first time. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) June 19, 2014 Until 2009, paleoparasitology, the study of parasites from the past, had never received recognition for being its...

2014-06-12 23:12:48

Mosquito Genie® is the world’s first all-natural, solar-powered outdoor organic lamp that kills mosquitoes. It is perfect for homes, hotels, restaurants, and taverns. This is an ideal solution for any outdoor area where human beings can enjoy an out-of-doors experience when the sun goes away and mosquitoes come out to prey. San Diego, California (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Mosquito Genie® is the new way to kill mosquitoes with no smells, man-made chemicals, CO2 or traps to clean-up...

2014-06-03 23:17:36

Twelve of the most commonly made statements about head lice that mislead parents, require fact-checking and put child health and wellness at unnecessary risk. Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 As school winds down and children prepare for summer camp, the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) team has compiled a list of red flags to watch out for when seeking information on lice treatment and prevention. The “Deceptive Dozen” list includes some of the most commonly made statements...


Latest Parasitology Reference Libraries

Pork Tapeworm, Taenia solium
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), also known simply as a tapeworm, is a species of parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species infects pigs and humans in many areas of the world including Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, South America, and some areas of North America. This species can cause cysticercosis in its larval stage, which is one of the major causes of seizures in humans. The pork tapeworm can reach an average body length between 2 to 3 meters, but...

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Echinococcus multilocularis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Echinococcus multilocularis is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is one of a few worms that cause echinococcosis, a disease that affects many canid species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, domesticated dogs. Humans can also contract this disease. Adult members of this species can reach an average length of .2 inches, and like other species of tapeworm, its body is segmented by three proglottids. Its head, or scolex, is equipped with...

Trichinella spiralis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Trichinella spiralis, sometimes known as the pork worm, is a parasite within the Nematoda class. It can be found in pigs, rats, humans, and bears. This worm causes trichinosis in humans, most often from consuming undercooked pork. This species is the smallest within its class, reaching an average body length of .16 centimeters. Females are twice as large as males, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The reproductive organs of females are unique to the species in that the front end holds developed...

Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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