In a world where we can clone dogs and edit gene sequences, why are a rapidly increasing number of of people getting gastrointestinal infections? Though many parasitic infections are a result of unsanitary living conditions or contaminated water (things often associated with underdeveloped countries) plenty of people around the world can and do get parasites - including in the USA. Everything from eating undercooked meat or fish to walking on the beach during your highly anticipated vacation could leave you with a nasty worm living in your gut.
Regardless of the cause, the fact is that rates of gastrointestinal parasites are increasing. One of the most common and virulent, giardia, has only recently become fully understood by the medical community. Though mankind and animals alike have dealt with parasitic infections since time eternal, the worms are still, well, worming their way into our daily lives in some rather unexpected ways.
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