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Protozoan infections

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Babesiosis is a parasitic infection of red blood cells. It is usually spread by the bite of certain types of ticks. People with symptoms usually require treatment for several days. Avoid ticks to prevent infection.

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Amoebiasis (Amoebic Dysentery) | myVMC

Amoebiasis is an infectious disease caused by a one-celled parasite called Entamoeba histolytica, which causes both intestinal and extraintestinal infections. Two species of Entamoeba are morphologically indistinguishable: Entamoeba histolytica is pathogenic and Entamoeba dispar harmlessly colonizes the colon.

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Trichomonas - Lab Tests Online AU

To diagnose an infection with Trichomonas vaginalis, a microscopic, single cell (protozoan) parasite that is usually transmitted sexually, causing vaginal infections in women and urethritis and prostatitis in men.

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Giardiasis is an infection mainly of the small intestine caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia. Giardiasis has been reported in humans and in a variety of animals. To prevent infection wash hands thoroughly and don't drink untreated water.

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Giardiasis | Public Health

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Toxoplasmosis | myVMC

Toxoplasmosis is an acute infection caused by the organism Toxoplasma gondii. In healthy adults, the infection often goes unnoticed because the flu-like symptoms are mild. But in people with suppressed immune function or who are pregnant, toxoplasmosis can have serious health risks.

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Malaria overview -

Malaria is a serious mosquito-borne disease that is caused by a parasitic infection of the red blood cells.

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Malaria precautions while pregnant or breast feeding -

Malaria infection in pregnant women may be more severe than in non-pregnant women. Find out what precautions need to be taken for travel.

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Human surveillance overview

This page contains and overview of arbovirus and malaria surveillance in the human population of Australia.

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Mosquito-borne diseases -

Some diseases spread by mosquito bites cannot be treated and may produce long term problems or death.

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