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As I dont know anyone in particular who has had a parasitic disease or at least is willing to admit to having one I will breifly go over some of what I know and have heard about these diseases Additionally as this topic of this paper is to go over some general knowledge about parasitic diseases it shall be written in an informal manner adn may stray off topic for the sake of style and maintanance of an informal essayTo begin I formerly found it very odd that there even be a distinction between diseases caused by parasites and those caused by normal pathogens In fact it seems unusual that we shoudl distinguish between parasites and any other agents of disease as most diseases seem to be parasites Some of the terminology used in parasitology is infact similar to that used in general biology specifically the use of the term obligate when in refernce to the fact that many parasites are obligated to spend a part of their lifecycle in a particular host This seems strikingly similar to me in the use of the term when refering to viruses as obligate reproductives being unable to thrive or even reproduce outside of a host often a specific species or even a specific type of a species member As there are some viruses that have been refered to in this course as parasites I think it is obvious that there is a great degree of overlap between parasitology and any other biological study The great distinction seems to be that parasites rather than simply being organisms that live in intimate association with another organism are further required to be transported by a biological verctor of somekind Whereas diseases in general can be airborn or waterborn it seems that parasites in particular are transported by another living entity and can often have an involved and long chain of intermediate hosts that transportit from one area to the next
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