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The most horrifying parasites on the planet

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Spooky movies, zombies, ghost and goblins?  Who needs these scary things when we have science?  Learn more about parasites and their effects and be sure to visit the Dig Deeper section for further gross and scary nature!

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Parasites can be quite scary! Know anything about the bot fly?  Watch this video to learn more (warning:  it is a bit gross!) Then,  learn about Zombie Parasites.

Have you ever been asked,"What's gotten into you?" Hopefully, it wasn't an endoparasite.  Listen to some Radiolab parasite stories and scientist interviews to learn a bit more about these symbiotic relationships. 

Carl Zimmer, an award winning writer of several science books, discusses whether there is a parasite humans can actually eat in this article: Parasitic Cuisine:  Eating the Eaters. He also has a TED Ed lesson:  Parasite tales: The jewel wasp's zombie slave.

Ed Yong's: Zombie roaches and other parasite tales TED Talk is another great way to get grossed out!  Take a look and share the stories with your friends!

Our Parasites And Vermin Reveal Secrets Of Human History from NPR talks about how symbiotic relationships could have shaped our past.  These two lessons from the SciShow are also a great source of material:  Human Parasites and Mind-controlling Parasites!

Finally, take a look at:  How parasites change their host's behavior by Jaap de Roode from TED Ed. 
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there are lots of parasites to look for and that are mostly found on Ur body. the most conman is the eyelid parasite. it stay on hair and eyelashes. it creates itching problem and if it goes for enough them see a doctor.
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oks many response(any comments LOL)
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What can we do to keep ourselves safe from us? Please write.
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Its disgusting to watch those types of parasites because its to easy to get them in our bodies but in other hand I thing that is interesntig to know this topic, I keep in touch with this and Im go to search more about it
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it's important teake care by yourself, the parasites can ill and hurt you, if u have good cleaning habits like a deep wash hands, keep shaving your beard and even the intimate zone to prevent that. also it's important to eat fish well cooked, because this kill the posible parasits inside it.
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The fact that you learn more about some parasites and how horrifying they are, made me think that I should take more precautions about mosquitoes. I already knew that they spread a lot of desseases but the simple tought of a worm crawling out of my skin just to poop and then go back in, makes me want to shower in mosquitoe repellent.
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The importance of avoiding parasites is clear when you know the consequences they produce on the animal and human bodies, like blocking vessels of the lymphatic system, causing intense itching, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Mostly these parasites are contained on the food and dirty. Some ways to avoid them are washing your hands and keeping everything clean. Finally some of the most terrifying are The zombie wasp, The tongue-eating sea louse and The head-splitting fungus.
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washing your hand is you a good thing.
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