Running Head: Parasitic Infections: Not Just a Third World Country Disease 1
Parasitic Infections: Not Just a Third World Country Disease
Stephanie M. Rowe
The Center for Allied Health and Nursing
Parasitic Infections: Not just a Third World Country Disease 2
Parasitic infections are becoming an astonishing dilemma in America. Once just a mere thought in the back of any Americans mind, parasites are now wreaking havoc on our population. Through our water, soil, air and intimate relationships, Americans are just as vulnerable as our poor, unindustrialized neighboring countries. Recent statistics show parasitic infections on the rise in America. Whether this is due to increase in immigration, foreign travel or even global warming one thing remains clear; our country needs to be educated on these diseases. Prevention by education is the key to slow this rising epidemic.
Parasitic Infections: Not Just a Third World Country Disease 3
Parasitic Infections: Not just a Third World Country Disease
Once believed only in countries stricken with poverty, parasites are living closer to home than we thought and are unleashing havoc on our health. The recurrence of parasitic infections in the United States has made it clear that our society has become ignorant to the microscopic world around us. Living in water, soil, bodily fluids and even carried through the air that we breathe, parasites are now an epidemic in our own backyard.
Common medical disorders such as seizures, heart disease and many congenital birth defects are caused by these microscopic mindless creatures. Around the country disorders such as these are documented of unknown cause due to the lack of education in our medical schools. Why teach about parasites in our...