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Diseases » Myiasis » Glossary

Glossary for Myiasis

  • Boil: Infected puseous hair follicle on the skin
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Diarrhea: Loose or watery stool.
  • Dracunculiasis: An infectious disease caused by the nematode Dracunculus medinensis which is usually transmitted by drinking water contaminated by infected crustaceans.
  • Loiasis: A parasitic worm (Loa Loa) which is transmitted through a bit by the horsefly, deer fly or the Mango fly. The skin and eyes are usually affected. The worm larvae enter the blood stream through a bite by an infected fly. The adult worms move through the skin, eyes or other organs often causing a localized inflammation. Central Africa is the main area affected. Symptoms may take up to one and a half decades to occur and serious complications can occur depending on where the adult worm travels to within the body.
  • Meningitis: Dangerous infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Parasitic Conditions: A condition that is characterised by another organism living off another organism
  • Visual disturbance: Any disturbance to ones vision
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.


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