Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More Fun Facts and Sayings from Parasitology!

Parasitology.... there's always plenty of "interesting" things to learn and comments to hear from our professor.  Here are a few from today:

Flatworms only have a mouth and no butt, so as Dr. Paul put it, I guess you could say they're full of crap!

Tapeworms do not have a digestive tract, they get their nutrients by absorbing them directly through their skin.  Don't forget, tapeworms live in animals and humans gut!

There are a type of fluke that kills sheep and goats by essentially eating their liver.  Dr. Paul says, These flukes go around eating the liver, they also usually also have onions.

There are people in some parts of the world who, when they have conjunctivitis (infection of the tissue surrounding their eye), will split frogs, and then place the parts of frogs on their eye in attempt at healing.  However, by doing this, these people have given themselves young tapeworms which then mature near the person's eye and form a lump near the eye. So, when you have pinkeye, do not cut up frogs and place them over your eye, just go to the doctor and get medicine!

Beef tapeworms can get up to 90 feet long!

If people contract the larval form of the pork tapeworm, which can happen, the larvae can go to the brain and then cause seizures.  This is actually the number 1 cause of seizures in numerous states! If you want to impress your friends, this condition is called neurocysticercosis (neuro-cystee-serkosis), I'm sure your friends will be extremely impressed ;)

I had a good weekend this past weekend. I spent some time with my cousins and went to Goodfield for church.  This weekend I plan to be in Eureka for a wedding.

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