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Minerva

Who let the bedbugs out?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4675 (Published 23 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4675

Parasitology & Public Health

Prolific and horrific, but also voracious and audacious, parasites* are Mother Nature's mini-monsters and teensy beasties that trap us in a morbid Möbius loop and biphasic food chain, in which we're both hector and vector, predator and prey, chef and buffet, diner and dinner, and winner and loser, thus suggesting that we each need personal prevention with merciful intervention.**

*Parasites include viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, insects, and arachnids.
**Hygiene and nutrition are key, since we're now in the post-antibiotic era of superbugs and superinfections.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 September 2015
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, USA