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Parasitic Infections (Worms, Lice, etc.)

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are illnesses spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Pinworm Infections

Pinworm is an intestinal infection caused by tiny parasitic worms. But pinworms don't cause any harm (just itching), and it won't take long to get rid of them.

Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Pubic lice are six-legged creatures that infest the hair in the pubic area. Pubic lice infestation is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but it can be contracted in other ways.


Toxocara are common parasites of dogs and cats. When they infect humans, the illness is called toxocariasis.


Toxoplasmosis is an infection that passes from animals to humans, sometimes without causing any symptoms. Learn more about this infection in this article for parents.


Trichomoniasis (or "trich") is a sexually transmitted disease. Many people with trich have no symptoms, so they can spread it to others without knowing it.

Zika Virus

Zika is a virus that a person can catch if bitten by an infected mosquito. Outbreaks of the virus have happened throughout the world, particularly in tropical areas where certain types of mosquitoes live.