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2010-08-19 15:50:00

BEL AIR, Md., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Originally written May 20, 2010 -- For the third year in a row, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is hitting the road with its Parasite Education Road Show Tour, which is designed to educate veterinarians, staff members and pet owners on the importance of year-round parasite control in dogs and cats. This year's tour will focus on the southeastern United States with veterinary meetings and pet owner events scheduled in 15 cities over 17...

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2010-08-02 13:35:00

A Taiwanese woman has won a $3,000 prize by catching roughly 4 million mosquitoes in just one month. Imbictus International, a company that makes insect traps, said that Huang Yu-yen, from southern Taiwan's Yunlin county, beat 72 rivals with a catch weighing in at just 3 pounds and 5 ounces. Her collection of mosquitoes doubled that of her nearest rival. The company sent an application to Guinness World Records asking that Huang be recognized as the world's number one killer of mosquitoes....

2010-07-16 14:14:46

In the battle between insect predators and their prey, chemical signals called kairomones serve as an early-warning system. Pervasively emitted by the predators, the compounds are detected by their prey, and can even trigger adaptations, such a change in body size or armor, that help protect the prey. But as widespread as kairomones are in the insect world, their chemical identity has remained largely unknown. New research by Rockefeller University's Joel E. Cohen and colleagues at the...

2010-06-23 01:34:18

The limited immune response in the eyes of freshwater fishes has created a great home for parasites, according to research published online in the journal Molecular Ecology. The study provides a lens into the evolutionary world of the larval flukes that parasitize Canadian fish. "Canada probably has the best studied freshwater fish parasites in the world, so we were amazed when we found four times more species of flukes in a few fishes from the St. Lawrence than were previously known in all...

2010-06-15 15:22:48

Fresh discoveries about the parasite that causes sleeping sickness could lead to new avenues of research into treatments for the disease. Scientists studying the parasite "“ which is spread by the tsetse fly and infects the blood of people and animals "“ have shed light on how it is able to survive when taken up by a feeding fly. Sleeping sickness is a potentially fatal condition which affects up to 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, and millions more are at risk from the...

2010-05-25 09:28:30

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered animal populations may often be under a much larger threat from parasites than previously recognized. It is widely believed that the absence of parasites in species which 'invade' ecosystems gives these 'invaders' an advantage in their new homes (the 'enemy release hypothesis'). But now, researchers from Queen's have discovered quite the opposite, with the presence of parasites in these invasive species actually increasing the damage...

2010-05-25 01:59:00

MONHEIM, Germany, May 25, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Launch of Online Video Tour Showcases the Fascinating World of Parasites Who said that learning about bugs was boring? An amazing new journey through the wonderful world of parasites launches on YouTube today. Four exciting videos, inspired by the 'Parasites Life Undercover' exhibition at the Berlin Natural History Museum and developed by Bayer Animal Health, showcase some fascinating highlights from the exhibition and...

2010-05-03 14:35:00

In the news release, Animal Planet's MONSTERS INSIDE ME Returns With New Monsters and Fresh Mysteries, issued May 3, 2010, by Animal Planet over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that in the subheadline and second paragraph, the time given should read "10PM (ET/PT)" rather than "9PM (ET/PT)" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: Animal Planet's MONSTERS INSIDE ME Returns With New Monsters and Fresh Mysteries - Killers From Within Reemerge for...

2010-05-03 13:14:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year, MONSTERS INSIDE ME proved that the smallest creatures are often the scariest. More than six million unique viewers latched onto the series in record numbers last season and watched as victims faced off with parasites as commonplace as bedbugs to the rare "Sleeping Sickness" parasite found only in remote parts of Southeastern Africa. Now, Animal Planet plays host to new episodes featuring a new myriad of tiny terrors. On Wednesday,...

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2010-04-26 09:30:40

Eggs from other females can be found in every fifth nest Some female zebra finches foist a part of their eggs on their neighbors. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen discovered that in every fifth nest there is one egg that is not produced by its social parents. The female birds act in a very well-targeted way: eggs are being placed in "foster-care" shortly before the hosts commence their own egg laying (online publication in Animal Behaviour, April 15, 2010)....


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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