The infection is spread by spores called oocysts in the stools of humans and animals.
Cane toads are evolving as they spread across Australia. Parasitic lungworms are becoming more infectious to keep up.
The signs that remind you to pick up after your pet are not just trying to keep public spaces clean; they’re urging you to help safeguard your community’s health.
Australia has nearly 100 mistletoe species and they’re the source of plenty of magic and mystery. We even have a couple with their own home-grown associations with Christmas.
We’ve all heard of antibiotic resistance. The same thing is happening with other causes of infections in humans: fungi, viruses and parasites. This is making thrush and other infections hard to treat.
Infections from the Cryptosporidium parasite are five times higher than expected for this time of year.
People have been trying to make malaria vaccines for over 100 years. With the help of the revolutionary new R21/Matrix vaccine the disease could be eradicated by 2040.
Headlines about brain worms can be alarming. There are much more common parasites which can infect your body and brain and ways you can minimise your risks of being infected with one.
Australia is the last continent to be invaded by the dangerous honey bee parasite, and has an opportunity to be the first to eradicate it.
Though many Americans believe that parasitic infections exist in poorer countries, research shows that the problem exists in the US and has a higher impact in communities of color.
Raw seafood dishes such as sushi, poke bowls and ceviche are increasingly popular, but can harbour fish-borne parasites. What’s the best way to protect ourselves?
After nearly 40 years of effort, Guinea worm disease is on the cusp of being the second human disease – after smallpox – to be eradicated on Earth.
Toxoplasma is a protozoan, a single-celled organism so small that it lodges inside the cells of animals (one in three humans) and modifies their behaviour.
For a malaria vaccine to have an impact, health promotion is key. Awareness campaigns must address safety concerns and emphasise expected positive impacts.
Cell membranes are a basic structure common to most living organisms – but they can be hijacked.
New research has found that a parasite first identified in dogs could help stimulate the human immune system to attack cells of cancerous tumours.
Honey bees, wild and native bees face threats from parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. Shorter winters, more extreme weather and more habitat destruction won’t help.
A large proportion of primary school aged kids get infected with pinworm at some time – and yes, it can make them pretty moody.
Bed bugs are pretty much universally reviled. But a public health entomologist explains how – while potentially traumatizing to deal with – they aren’t likely to make you sick.
We looked at eye photos and found one in every 150 Australians might have scarring from a common parasitic disease.