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The bugs that lay eggs all over your body

Some bugs and parasites spend part of their life cycles in nice, warm human bodies. Human botflies, for example, lay eggs in mosquitoes. When the mosquito bites, the eggs hatch, allowing the larvae to wriggle into your skin and form a pus-filled pimple. Meanwhile, green bottle flies lay eggs directly […]
The bugs that lay eggs all over your body
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A teen died after tapeworm eggs hatched and formed cysts in his brain

Doctors found that a teenage boy’s brain was infected with tapeworm eggs when he came to the emergency room after having intense seizures. Doctors diagnosed him with neurocysticercosis, a parasitic disease that occurs when a person accidentally ingests tapeworm eggs, usually from consuming undercooked food or contaminated water. Although the […]
A teen died after tapeworm eggs hatched and formed cysts in his brain
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A foodborne illness has sickened at least 395 people who ate at McDonald’s, and forced recalls from Trader Joe’s and Walgreens — here’s what to know about cyclosporiasis

Cyclospora is a parasite that causes a nasty form of foodborne gastrointestinal illness. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, weight loss, gas, and cramping. A recent outbreak of cyclosporiasis has been traced to a lettuce supplier in the Midwest and first infected McDonald’s customers. The US Department of Agriculture has […]
A foodborne illness has sickened at least 395 people who ate at McDonald’s, and forced recalls from Trader Joe’s and Walgreens — here’s what to know about cyclosporiasis
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A 99-million-year-old fossil shows even dinosaurs got bitten by ticks

A new study of a fossil from Burma reveals a tick grasping a dinosaur feather, providing our first evidence that ticks preyed on dinosaurs. Scientists also found a new species of tick –Deinocroton draculi, or “Dracula’s terrible tick” – that fed on dinosaur blood. Unfortunately, the “Jurassic Park”-style extraction of […]
A 99-million-year-old fossil shows even dinosaurs got bitten by ticks
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