Bobbi Pritt, M.D., Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, features a weekly parasite case on her blog, “Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites: A Parasitologist’s View of the World.” This week marks a milestone with Dr. Pritt's 400th case.
To celebrate the 400th case, Dr. Pritt dedicated the post to education in parasitology and shares five of her favorite parasite teaching tools:
- Embed arthropods and worms in casting resin.
- Find some anisakids in frozen (or fresh) cod.
- Buy some medicinal leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) at your hospital pharmacy.
- Learn some basic entomology skills.
- Have a parasite potluck, with treats decorated with your favorite (candy) parasites.
Dr. Pritt started her blog after she completed her fellowship at Mayo Clinic in clinical microbiology. She attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to study parasitology for one year. During that year in England, Dr. Pritt saw some amazing cases, which she shared with her colleagues back at Mayo through her blog. Through word of mouth, people from all walks of life around the globe have become interested in Dr. Pritt’s “case of the week,” and her readership continues to grow.