Parasites of Humans

The Parasites of Humans Community is intended for individuals knowledgeable about the biology or medical aspects of eukaryotic (non-bacterial) organisms that regularly or occasionally parasitize humans. Members of this community share their knowledge by adding information to relevant taxon pages (and adding these pages to the Parasites of Humans Collection if they are not already included). Individuals with an interest in, but not necessarily special expertise about, parasites of humans are also encouraged to join this community and enrich pages with appropriately referenced information from authoritative sources. For information on how to add content to EOL, see How to Contribute Content to EOL.

Note that there is a parallel collection for parasites infecting domestic animals, the Parasites of Domestic Animals Collection. Of course, the vast majority of parasites infect animals that are neither humans nor domesticated animals and it would be wonderful to initiate communities and collections for these as well!

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Amblyomma maculatum Koch, 1844":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Amblyomma americanum Linnaeus, 1758":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Loa loa":

    Beautiful!

    over 1 year ago

  • Profile picture of Leo Shapiro who took this action.

    Leo Shapiro commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    I agree. I think there are a lot of species that can be involved (and I would presume we mostly don't know which ones), but just tossing in the whole phylum (especially without explanation) is not the way to go. I've put it on my to-do list to kick out the phylum and pursue your suggestion instead.

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    @Leo Shapiro: But does it really make sense to include the phylum in this collection? Why not add the species mentioned in the Wikipedia article instead and put a note on each page about their implication in the condition?

    over 1 year ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    @Katja Schulz: Well, the reason is that "Sea Bathers Itch" is caused by larval cnidarians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabather%27s_eruption, which are admittedly NOT parasites, but the condition is often confused with "Swimmer's Itch" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimmer%27s_itch, which is caused by schistosomes that most definitely ARE parasites--although humans are not normal hosts and they cannot complete their life cycle in humans. There's a bit of gray zone re. what should be counted as a "parasite of humans". I think parasites that infect humans, even if the human is a dead-end host for them, should clearly be included. I'm not so sure about the cnidarians...

    over 1 year ago

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    Katja Schulz commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    What's Cnidaria doing in this collection?

    over 1 year ago

  • Profile picture of Katja Schulz who took this action.

    Katja Schulz added the English common name "Guinea worm" to "Dracunculus medinensis".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Bob Corrigan commented on "Oesophagostomum":

    Leo, can you add a common name to this genus? Thanks

    almost 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Katja Schulz who took this action.

    Katja Schulz marked the classification from "NCBI Taxonomy" as preferred for "Giardia intestinalis".

    almost 2 years ago

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    Katja Schulz merged another page with <i>Giardia intestinalis</i>.

    almost 2 years ago

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    Valeria Balocco joined the community "Parasites of Humans".

    about 2 years ago

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    Josefin Stiller added the German common name "Spulwurm" to "Ascaris lumbricoides".

    over 2 years ago

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    Josefin Stiller added the German common name "Großer Leberegel" to "Fasciola hepatica".

    over 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Josefin Stiller who took this action.

    Josefin Stiller added the German common name "Pärchenegel" to "Schistosoma mansoni".

    over 2 years ago

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    Nathan Chan commented on "Entamoeba gingivalis (Gros, 1849) Brumpt(1913)":

    Are there any images of this sarcodine?

    over 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leo Shapiro who took this action.

    Leo Shapiro commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    @Graham Clark: Hi, Graham. Not sure how familiar you are with EOL. The easiest way to add text is by entering it directly to a taxon page that you think could use it. Guidance can be found here http://eol.org/info/curation#addtext and of course I can clarify anything that's not clear. In my view, the single most important chapter to add text to is the Brief Summary. This is what will display on the Overview page, which is all some users may look at. However, adding content (which may overlap with the Brief Summary) to other chapters would also be very valuable--some guidance re. choosing appropriate chapters for adding particular types of content is available here http://eol.org/info/writing_eol_chapters. I believe I have already added text for some of the taxa about which you have particular expertise, but I don't know whether you would find it adequate. I would certainly not be offended if you suggested deleting or modifying some of it--or, if it's OK but just insufficient in your view, you could just add your own "article" or graphics. There may also be other taxa that are not foci of special expertise for you, but about which you feel sufficiently knowledgeable to at least write Brief Overviews where we lack anything adequate. Re. writing style and target audience, we really don't have strict guidelines. I have my own style and views on this, but others have different styles and are thinking about somewhat different audiences--and these may vary depending on the taxa in question. I will answer your questions about adding video and clarifying taxonomy shortly, but there's the first part of my reply... Thanks! Leo

    over 2 years ago

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    Graham Clark commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    Thanks Leo, Glad to contribute but I am a little bit unclear what you would like to see me do in terms of adding content, and also some guidance on how to do it would be helpful - I have a movie of Entamoeba here (http://entamoeba.lshtm.ac.uk/movie.htm) that could be either added or linked to the page but I am not sure how to do it! Similarly, the traditional taxonomy of Entamoeba and Blastocystis is incompatible with recent data on genetic diversity in the genera, but I am not sure how to best reflect that in the page content. Are there any examples of pages that you think are particularly good that I could use as a model? Best wishes, Graham

    over 2 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro commented on "Parasites of Humans":

    @Graham Clark: Dr. Clark, Welcome to the EOL Parasites of Humans Community! I wrote the Brief Summaries for most of the taxon pages in this collection based on available information from CDC, supplemented to one degree or another by the primary literature...But I am most definitely not a parasitologist of any sort, so it will be great to have you and other actual experts on these various parasites reviewing and adding content (and suggesting taxa to add where appropriate). I don't know how familiar you are with EOL, but please let me if I can help orient you in any way or address any questions you may have. Again, welcome! Leo

    over 2 years ago

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    Graham Clark joined the community "Parasites of Humans".

    over 2 years ago