Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice Practice Pointer

Insect bites

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2856 (Published 07 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2856

Rapid Response:

Parasites & Infectious Disease

Pervasive and invasive, parasites are Mother Nature’s army of mini-monsters that plague us with morbidity and mortality. Parasitology is vast and includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, insects, and arachnids. Despite media hype, the best antiparasitics are fresh air, sunshine, hygiene, and nutrition, since vaccines are vexed and antibiotics create lethal superbugs and superinfections. To quote GB Shaw, "Science never solves one problem without creating ten more."

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 August 2020
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
NY, NY, USA