Parasites make of around 40% of the animal species on earth, meaning they are extremely important to our ecosystem. In this guide I explore a small, but relevant, subset of the population of parasites: parasites which affect humans. The diversity of parasites which have human hosts emphasizes the diversity of parasites in general. Generally we just focus on the illnesses that result from parasite infections and not the actual parasites. This guide gives a different view point of many of the parasites which cause disease in humans. Looking at human disease and illness from the prospective of the parasites may be helpful for making advancements in treatments for these various infections. Here I look at parasites within 6 different categories which can affect the human body- bacteria, viruses, helminths, fungi, protozoans, and other macroparasites. See the graphic below to locate where each parasite resides within the human host.
- Bacteria that causes Lyme’s Disease
- E. coli
- Bacteria that Causes Strep Throat
- Gonorrhea Bacteria
- Cholera Bacteria
- Tuberculosis Bacteria