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Everything you need to know about ascariasis
Ascariasis occurs when a parasitic roundworm infects a person's small intestine. It may not cause symptoms initially, but an extensive infection can lead to dangerous gastrointestinal blockages. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ascariasis here. (Medical News Today)

Can you treat elephantiasis?
Elephantiasis is a debilitating tropical disease that is spread by mosquito bites. There are many causes, including specific types of parasitic roundworms. It is treated with drugs, and prevention involves avoiding mosquitoes by using nets and insect repellent. Learn more about elephantiasis here. (Medical News Today)

Why do mosquito bites itch and swell up?
In this article we look at why mosquito bites itch, evidence-backed ways to reduce itching and swelling, and discuss when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Are there any home remedies for ringworm?
A look at home remedies for ringworm, a condition that results in fungal infection on the skin. Included is detail on when to see a doctor and prevention. (Medical News Today)

Types of zoonotic diseases
Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more. (Medical News Today)

Malaria drugs could help to combat cancer
Researchers reveal how two drugs used to treat malaria, called chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, could help in the fight against cancer. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about liver fluke
The liver fluke is a parasite found in the bile ducts and the liver. The condition can cause severe diseases in a range of animals, although it does not infect many people in the United States. This MNT Knowledge Center article looks at the symptoms and diseases they can cause and preventing the infection. (Medical News Today)

New test differentiates between Lyme disease, similar illness
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. But it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness. (Medical News Today)

Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine
The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas. (Medical News Today)

Zika infections unlikely to be passed by kissing, casual contact
According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who conducted studies with monkeys, casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the virus to move between... (Medical News Today)

Arboviruses: Types, symptoms, and transmission
Arboviruses are a group of viruses that are transmitted by insects to humans. Examples include yellow fever, West Nile virus, and Japanese encephalitis. Ticks, gnats, fleas, and mosquitoes can all pass on these types of diseases. Find out more about the types, treatment, and how to prevent infection. (Medical News Today)

New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infections
A new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses. (Medical News Today)

Experimental Zika virus vaccines restrict in utero virus transmission in mice
Two experimental vaccines can restrict Zika virus transmission from pregnant mice to their fetuses and can prevent Zika virus-induced placental damage and fetal demise, according to new findings... (Medical News Today)

How to choose a mosquito repellent
Mosquito repellents are an essential protection against mosquito bites. Learn how to choose the most effective repellent, and how they may prevent disease. (Medical News Today)

Study tracks leishmaniasis in dogs, wild animals and sand flies in Brazil
In the past, leishmaniasis - a parasitic infection that can be fatal in humans - has been confined to rural areas of the developing world. (Medical News Today)

Malaria drug protects fetal mice from Zika virus, NIH-funded study finds
Blocking a key placental defense may limit maternal-fetal transmission of the virus. (Medical News Today)

Chances of surviving malaria may be higher when host consumes fewer calories
Malaria parasites sense and adapt to their host's nutritional status.The chances of surviving a malaria infection may be higher when the host consumes fewer calories, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Skin plays significant role in spread of leishmaniasis
Scientists at the University of York have discovered that parasites responsible for leishmaniasis - a globally occurring neglected tropical disease spread by sand flies - are mainly acquired from the... (Medical News Today)

Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission
Removing the flowers of an invasive shrub from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study published in the open access Malaria Journal. (Medical News Today)

New gene editing technique could drive out mosquito-borne disease
Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. (Medical News Today)

News from the pathogen that causes sleeping sickness
The life-threatening African trypanosomiasis, also called sleeping sickness, is caused by protozoa of the species Trypanosoma brucei. (Medical News Today)

Ebola vaccine developed in Canada shows promising results
A phase 1 randomized controlled trial has found an Ebola virus disease (EVD) vaccine, developed in Canada, was well-tolerated with no safety concerns, and high antibodies were present in participants... (Medical News Today)

New genetic technique could help identify potential drug targets for malaria
Scientists have developed a new technique for investigating the effects of gene deletion at later stages in the life cycle of a parasite that causes malaria in rodents, according to a new study in... (Medical News Today)

Anti-malaria drugs: Potential new target identified
A newly described protein could be an effective target for combatting drug-resistant malaria parasites. (Medical News Today)

Zika and chikungunya virus in a single mosquito bite
Yellow fever mosquitos can carry both the Zika virus and the chikungunya virus in their saliva, which implies that people can be infected with both viruses in a single bite. (Medical News Today)

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