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Parasitic Diseases: MedlinePlus [HEALTH TOPIC]

Parasitic Diseases: MedlinePlus

04/29/2014 08:51 AM EDT
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Turning Discovery Into Health

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Related MedlinePlus Page: Parasitic Diseases

Parasites are living things that use other living things - like your body - for food and a place to live. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.
Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organisms called protozoa to worms that can be seen with the naked eye. Some parasitic diseases occur in the United States. Contaminated water supplies can lead to Giardia infections. Cats can transmittoxoplasmosis, which is dangerous for pregnant women. Others, like malaria, are common in other parts of the world.
If you are traveling, it's important to drink only water you know is safe. Prevention is especially important. There are no vaccines for parasitic diseases. Some medicines are available to treat parasitic infections.

Illustration of the digestive system organs

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