August 19, 2019

Aptly Named Blood-Sucking Parasite – Baracktrema Obamai

“A new species of blood fluke was found infecting the lungs of turtles in Malaysia. This parasitic flatworm has been dubbed Baracktrema obamai, in honor of the President of the United States (who is the fifth cousin twice removed of one of the discovering scientists).”<<<Read More>>>

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Echinococcus multilocularis in Urban Coyotes, Alberta, Canada

From the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention:

Abstract

Echinococcus multilocularis is a zoonotic parasite in wild canids. We determined its frequency in urban coyotes (Canis latrans) in Alberta, Canada. We detected E. multilocularis in 23 of 91 coyotes in this region. This parasite is a public health concern throughout the Northern Hemisphere, partly because of increased urbanization of wild canids.<<<Read More>>>

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