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Websites - Parasitology
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Veterinary sites

  • Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
    Livestock diseases and parasites.
  • American Heartworm Society
    Aims: Further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease; Inform the membership of new developments; and encourage and help promote effective procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease.
  • Arthropods and Protozoan Parasites
    Arthropods and Protozoon Parasites Important to Vet Med
  • Canine heartworm disease
    A detailed look at heartworm disease including a dogs vs cats comparison chart showing illustrating major differences. Presented by the American Heartworm Society.
  • Control Of Parasites In Companion Animals
    The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is an independent group of U.S. veterinary, governmental, and association leaders in the parasitology field. This site contains guidelines for optimal control of pets' internal and external parasites.
  • Diagnosis of Veterinary Endoparasitic Infections
    University of Pennsylvania program designed to aid students, researchers, and clinicians in diagnosing parasitic infections.
  • Diagnosteq
    This website contains information compiled by experts in equine parasitic diseases. Much of the information is aimed at the knowledgeable horse owner. Veterinarians requiring more scientific data should look at the Masterclass pages in each section. Website includes lifecycles, diagnostics, parasite control, and case studies.
  • Doctor Fungus
    An on-line reference to all things mycological. The site is intended as a comprehensive resource for descriptions of the fungi and the infections that they may cause in people, animals, and plants.
  • Ectoparasite Database
    Treatments for ectoparasites. Covers species (avian, reptilian, small mammal), route of administration, etc. Last updated 2002.
  • Fleas Factsheet
    Provides a concise description of flea biology, products and some general strategies to eliminate fleas.
  • Guarding against Giardia
    The original source of an outbreak may be cysts in contaminated water or the environment. What are the clinical signs and how is it treated?
  • Infectious Enteritis
    Dr. Jody Gookin's biographical site provides links to Tritrichomonas foetus information (test kits, sample submission, videomicroscopy, research pubs, etc.), along with some Cryptosporidium information.
  • Iowa State Entomology Image Gallery
    Pictures and information on everything from ants to stink bugs.
  • Know Heartworms
    This Pfizer site, approved by the American Heartworm Society and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, contains downloadable handouts/posters/etc. for clinic use.
  • Medical Entomology
    Iowa state entomology index with links to a wide variety of related entomology sites.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
    A Synopsis On Raccoon Roundworm Encephalitis In Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, 2000.
  • Ohio State University Acarology Laboratory
  • Parasitology Research
    Cryptosporidium/Coccidial research from Kansas State University, Biology division. Species of the genus Cryptosporidium infect epithelial surfaces, especially those along the gut, and can be found in a wide range of vertebrates, including humans.
  • Research In Veterinary Parasitology
    Research In Veterinary Parasitology: Matthews' Lab, University of Liverpool - Current research projects include: a) development of an immunodiagnostic assay for larval stages of Cyathostomins; b) development of DNA probes to identify individual Cyathostomin species; c) the role of cytokines in parasite induced colitis; d) identification of stage specific genes that may be involved in reactivation and inhibition of larval stages; etc.
  • Tick ID
    he Rhode Island Department of Health Lyme Disease tick identification site.
  • Ticks & Tick-Transmitted Diseases in Oklahoma
  • Trichomonosis In Cats
    This site contains excellent information (photos, fecal photomicrographs, pouch test, etc.) on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus and other pathogenic species of trichomonads in cats.
  • UW Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary clinical parasitology images
    Images and descriptions from Oklahoma State University.
  • Veterinary Entomology
    Insects of veterinary importance.

Human sites

  • Bugguide
    This volunteer site is hosted by Iowa State University Entomology, and supplies identification, images, and information about insects, spiders, etc. in the United States and Canada.
  • Cells Alive
    Images and information touching on the areas of cell biology, immunology, microbiology, and parasitology.
  • Cryptosporidiosis Information
  • Division of Parasitic Disease
    Identification and diagnosis of parasites of public health concern. Includes an image library.
  • FDA/CFSAN Bad Bug Book: Giardia
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases
    (ISID) was created to bring together all individuals interested in infectious diseases, including infectious disease specialists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, public health workers, parasitologists, virologists, mycologists, molecular biologists, and others with similar concerns.
  • Mosquito Biology & Control
    Information on general mosquito biology, life cycle, habitats, behavior, diseases, controlling, and FAQs.
  • Pathogenic Parasite Pronunciation Station
    Links to sound files of parasite names.
  • The " Bad Bug Book"
    This handbook provides basic facts regarding foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. It brings together in one place information from the Food & Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service, and the National Institutes of Health.

General sites

  • bug ID
  • Butterfly Gardening
    Tips on starting your own butterfly attractive garden with detailed plant and butterfly lists. Provided by Monarch Watch.
  • Captive Invertebrates contains a world of information on the care of pet bugs. There are chat rooms, classifieds, and a selection of care sheets on many different invertebrates
  • Cricket infestation is worst in 50 years
    Mormon cricket infestation article published in the Reno Gazette and Journal.
  • How To Prevent Transmission of Intestinal Roundworms from Pets to People
    These guidelines address transmission of intestinal ascarids and hookworms from dogs and cats to people and recommend counseling of dog and cat owners and well-timed preventive anthelmintic treatments for pets.
  • Insect Hotlist
  • Insects on the Web
    This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.
  • Insects, Disease, And History
    This site is devoted to understanding the impact insects have had on world history. It is maintained by entomologists from Montana State University and the Department of Agriculture. It has articles, a primer on medical entomology (diseases and the insects that transmit them), a glossary, book suggestions, and links. One of the feature articles is The Role of Insects as Biological Weapons by Dr Robert KD Peterson.
  • Mormon Cricket
    A detailed discussion with photos and a distribution map from the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.
  • National Geographic News
    Exciting news in the insect world: For the first time in 87 years, researchers have discovered an insect that constitutes a new order of insects.
  • Parasitic & Infectious Diseases in Oklahoma Deer
    Parasitic and Infectious Diseases of White Tailed Deer in Oklahoma
  • Pictures and Descriptions of Parasite
  • The Tick Collection
    More than you might want to know about ticks. Presented by the natural history collection of the University Of Edinburgh.
  • They're Hoppin' Our Way-- Grasshoppers
    Some of the most destructive insects are grasshoppers and their relatives.
  • Yahoo's Insect Collection

A Friendly Reminder: You are ultimately responsible for the care of your patients. Recommendations and discussions of cases should be considered as recommendations by colleagues for you to consider in your case management decisions. Dosages should be confirmed prior to dispensing medications.
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