Parasitic Infections: Overview

Parasitic infections, or parasite infestations, are where a parasitic organism infests the body. Simple examples are worms, head lice or pubic lice. Parasitic organisms include worms, lice, mites, ticks, flukes, and others. Parasites are much larger than smaller microbes such as viruses, bacterial or fungal infections. Parasitic infestations refer to where the patient actually has the parasite on their body, as distinct from diseases spread by insect bites such as mosquito-borne diseases.

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