Introduction

Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or “snail fever”, is a parasitic disease carried by fresh water snails infected with one of the five varieties of the parasite Schistosoma.

Lymphatic Filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, infects an estimated 67 million people in 80 countries worldwide, and is an extremely painful, debilitating and disfiguring disease.

 

Introduction

Ascariasis, also known as roundworm, is an intestinal infection caused by the parasitic worm Ascaris lumbricoides, and is part of a family of parasites known as the soil-transmitted helminths.

Tyler Sharp, an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at CDC’s Dengue Breach, shared his experience as a member of the response team in an interesting two-part blog series entitled, “Real-life Contagion: Governments unite to fight dengue outbreak in Marshall Islands.” (The series was published in December 2011 shortly after the Hollywood thriller Contagion was released. The movie documented the spread of a virus and the attempts of public health officials to contain the disease. )

 

Introduction

Hookworm is an intestinal parasite most commonly found in tropical and subtropical climates worldwide, particularly in Africa, South East Asia, the Western Pacific, Latin America and the Mediterranean. Hookworm is one of three members of a family o

 

Introduction

Trichuriasis is an infection of the large intestine caused by the human whipworm (Trichuris trichiura).  Trichuriasis is part of a family of parasites known as the soil-transmitted helminths.

Introduction

Trachoma is an infectious disease of the eye caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, and is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness.

 

Introduction

Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, infects 26 million people living near the rivers and fast-moving streams of sub-Saharan Africa.  A small number of cases have also been reported in Yemen and the Americas.

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