Killer Protists

Kristen and Megan- 5th Period

Boils

Scientific Name: Staphylococci

Boils are bumpy, red, pus filled limps around the scalp of hair. Boils appear on the body when someone gets a bug bite or there is a place where the skin has broken. Another main cause is when bacteria becomes present on skin. Boils are usually tender and worm and they can range anywhere from the size to a pea, to the size of a golf ball. When the boil is ready to drain, the center of it becomes white or yellow and it becomes very painful.

Snail Fever

Scientific Name: Schistosomiasis

Snail fever is a disease caused by parasitic worms that can infect urinary tract or intestines. Most symptoms are abdominal pains, diarrhea, bloody stool, or blood in urine. Some people who have had it for a long time can have liver damage or kidney failure. People can get this by being in unclean water that has parasites and it is most commonly found in children that play in water parks. Snail fever is released from freshwater snails that have been infected. To prevent from getting the disease, it is a good idea to stay away from dirty water and try to be around clean water only.

Pork Worm

Scientific Name:Acanthamaeba Parasite

Pork worm occurs in rodents, pigs, bears, and humans. It is called "pork worm" because people and animals get it from eating undercooked pork. It is one of the most common parasites in the world and has many symptoms. Most symptoms are vomiting, nausea, sweating, and diarrhea and after five days a fever may occur. The larval forms are encapsulated as small cystic structure within the host. When a human eats infected meat, larvae is released from nurse cell and migrate into intestine. Most measure from 1.4mm to 1.6mm.

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Entamoeba Histolytic

Scientific Name: Entamoeba Histolytic

Entamoeba Histolytic causes 70,000 deaths and it is all over the world. It is caused by amoeba and is spread through ingestion of cyst. The diagnosis comes from stool samples and a huge factors is getting this parasite form AIDS. Some symptoms can last up to a couple of years and most symptoms are diarrhea, to sever dysentery with blood and mucus. The blood comes from lesions formed by amoeba invading the lining of large intestine.

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