Parasites aren’t just a tropical problem

Each week we hear from people who’ve been told by their doctor that their digestive symptoms couldn’t possibly be caused by parasites in their gut. “Parasites are tropical problems“, they say. “You can only have parasites if you’re vomiting or have serious diarrhoea“, they claim. Both statements are wrong. A new report released this week found a tiny parasite called Cryptosporidium (let’s call it ‘Crypto’ for short) in the Arctic! Here’s what the article in Nature News said: “Cryptosporidium, a potentially dangerous intestinal parasite common in the tropics, has been spotted for the first time in the Arctic. This...