In this podcast, a listener wants to know what to do if he thinks he has a parasite or parasitic disease. Created: 5/6/2010 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).
Date Released: 5/6/2010. Series Name: Ask CDC.
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Welcome to Ask CDC, the weekly podcast that answers your questions. I'm your host, Susan Laird.
This week, our question is: "What should I do if I think I have a parasite or parasitic disease?"
See your healthcare provider. Like bacteria and viruses, parasites can be transmitted from people, animals, or insects; they can also be transmitted through blood, water, soil, or food. Some parasites are visible with the naked eye; others aren’t because they’re microscopic.
Not all parasites lead to diseases. Most parasitic infections can be treated with medication. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist who is more familiar with symptoms of a parasitic infection.
For more information about parasites and parasitic disease, please visit www.cdc.gov and select "Parasitic Diseases" from the A to Z list.
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