Can Opossums Carry Rabies?

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Many people are under the assumption that opossums carry rabies or have a natural immunity to rabies. This means that they do not become visibly ill as a result of contracting the disease. However, this would not be true since all mammals can actually become infected with rabies. The truth is that opossums rarely contract…

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Chagas Disease Is Being Compared To HIV

Chagas Disease Is Being Compared To HIV West Nile virus, Zika and lyme disease are certainly not the only insect-borne diseases that are commonly spread throughout the United States. Chagas disease, which is not as well known as the above three diseases, but still just as common, comes with symptoms that experts say are similar…

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Experts Fear That A New Malaria Bug Could Be Our Next Global Epidemic

Experts Fear That A New Malaria Bug Could Be Our Next Global Epidemic With all the talk about the Zika virus during the past couple of years it is likely that many have forgotten about the host of other devastating diseases that many species of mosquito can spread to humans. With the current exception of…

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Is The Zika Virus Here To Stay?

The Zika virus is officially no longer a global health threat, but that does not mean that the virus is contained. Last November the World Health Organization decided that the Zika virus was no longer a threat to the global population, although there are probably some Brazilian citizens that disagree with the WHO’s position. So…

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Newly Discovered Slug Causes A Life Threatening Disease

Robert Hollingsworth, a research entomologist with the US Department of Agriculture, discovered a new species of slug in Hawaii. After a bit of research it was determined that this type of slug is a more dangerous carrier of the parasite known as angiostrongylus cantonensis. This parasite causes a disease known as rat lungworm disease if…

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How Dangerous Is Chagas Disease?

Chagas disease has been described as the new HIV/AIDS for the Americas. But chagas disease is not new. The disease is named after the doctor who described it in 1909. So how dangerous is chagas disease for Americans? The disease is caused by “kissing bugs” or “assassin bugs”, and the bugs attack humans on their…

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