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Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Agree: Parasitic infections occur more commonly in 3rd world countries where financial resources and conditions are less than optimal in dealing with these conditions. ...Read more

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What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

Ameba and giardia: The most common parasitic illnesses that are food borne in the us are giardiasis and amebiasis. They are mostly acquired during foreign travel. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some negative consequences of a parasitic disease that ceases flow of lymph into bloodstream?

Elephantiasis: Parasites such as micro filariae, clog up the lymphatic vessels, leading to the accumulation of fluids in the lower extremity. An example of a negative consequence of this accumulation is a condition called "elephantiasis". In other situations, the fluid backs up into the scrotum leading to massive scrotal swelling. ...Read more

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What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

Lymphedema: Filariasis (wucheria bancrofti) is the parasite and the lympedema is quite severe. Chronic lymphedema cannot be cured although exercise, compression stocking etc.., may help. The worst consequence is lyphangiosarcoma which is a cancer. ...Read more

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Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

They don't: Carry viruses, fungi or bacteria that cause infections in humans. However body lice can carry typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever (per cdc). ...Read more

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more