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‘Kissing Bug’ Illnesses On the Rise in the U.S.

Members of a typically subtropical family of insects commonly known as kissing bugs have been making their way further north in the United States, while carrying the deadly Chagas disease. Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic ailment caused …

King Richard III Had Roundworms
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Richard III, also known as England’s ‘Hunchback’ King, was infected with parasitic roundworms, according to researchers who’d exhumed his remains last summer. The famously unpopular king’s skeleton was dug up in a parking lot in Leicester, in a joint effort …

Brain-Eating Parasite Claims Boy’s Life
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Zachary Reyna, the twelve-year-old Florida youth, died on Saturday after coming into contact with a brain-eating parasite. Members of Zachary Reyna’s family told WBBH that they believe Zachary came into contact with the amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, while he was …

Bob Marley: Parasite Named After Legendary Musician
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The Bob Marley parasite, or, if you prefer, the “Gnathia marley”, is a tiny, blood-sucking organism that is known to infect fish living on Caribbean coral reefs. Although may believe this isn’t the most fitting homage to a musician who …