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A parasite is a living organism that depends upon another living organism – for example, a human or animal host – to survive. A microparasite is a subcategory of parasite that is short-lived,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2013 9:33 pm UTC

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William McNeill does not believe that modern medicine has eliminated microparasites. When considering his thesis, it is important to note that McNeill uses the words "microparasite" and...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 9:26 am UTC

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According to this book, what makes a parasite or a disease successful is its ability to perpetuate itself. While parasites and diseases often make us sick, that is not their purpose. There may at...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 6:17 am UTC

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Chapter Three of Plagues and People, “Confluence of the Civilized Disease Pools of Eurasia,” describes how the growth of civilizations in Eurasia was connected to the spread of diseases. This...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020 9:10 pm UTC

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An infectious disease needs hosts in order to survive. Generally, the way this works is that the infection enters the host and begins to multiply. That host can then transmit the disease to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 12:56 pm UTC

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According to McNeill, the malaria parasites find new hosts through adaptations that allow them to move from mosquito to human and back again. When the parasite is inside the mosquito, it behaves...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 5:36 am UTC

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