Parasites and Health is a web site that was developed and is maintained by CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM). The site offers complete, accurate, and up to date information on parasites and parasitic diseases, which includes a great image library. This site was created to serve as a diagnostic aid and continuing education portal for laboratorians and other health professionals, but will also serve as an excellent resource for instructors teaching students about parasites. Most of the material is free of copyright except life cycle images of Blastocystis and Pneumocystis, and electron micrograph images of Gnathostoma.
Type of Material:
Lab or class references to parasites or class assignment to look up parasite and its life cycle
HTML, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Reference material for parasitic infections in humans and they parasites life cycle to the human body
Target Student Population:
The primary target population is College General Ed, Upper level Microbiology courses, and Medical Technology students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
The site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control(CDC)
Contains the most complete, accurate, and up to date information on parasites
Diagnostic images associated with the site are excellent
Images and diagrams are appropriately labeled
Great site organizing the parasites into subgroups intestinal track, blood born and other. Then having the parasites alphabetically assigned make it easy to talk about and discuss in lab and lecture class.
Wish it had a search function to focus on parasites of a particular location (i.e. eye)
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Will complement and add to material found in any text book
Demonstrates relationship between the theoretical information and the application of that information to medical diagnostics
The material is categorically organized to allow for flexibility
Limited in interactive activities
no search function
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material is easy to navigate and loaded quickly
No defective links or major bugs were encountered
Great site has organized the Parasites in a great way and has a lot of the life cycles of how the parasite gets into the human body. Even talking about the different stages of the life cycle that the parasite has to go through to get back into its reproductive stage.