ParaSites Instructions 2006

[updated 5/21/06]


Assignment Description

Create an informative website -- or, in Humbio 103 jargon, a ParaSite! -- dedicated to the parasitic disease, drug, or concept to which you've been assigned. All ParaSites will become part of the Humbio 103 website! The details on what content to include in your site are provided below, along with some useful tips.

Once you have completed your website, compile everything into a folder named after your parasitic disease, then copy the folder onto a CD or DVD, which you will hand in on May 24, 2006. Folder contents should not add up to more than 10MB.

Please email Natalie Ramos at with questions about this assignment.

I. Content Requirements

bulletYour Parasite: Thelaziasis
bulletAgent: (classification and taxonomy) (Nematoda) Thalazia callipaeda [rarely T. californiensis]
bulletSynonyms: Conjunctival spirurosis, Oriental eye worm
bulletHistory of Discovery
bulletClinical Presentation in Humans: Conjunctivitis and lacrimation associated with the sensation of an ocular foreign body.
bulletReservoir: Dog, rabbit, deer, cat
bulletVector: Although the vector is uncertain, flies of the genera Musca and Fannia have been implicated.
bulletIncubation Period: not known
bulletMorphology: The thread-like adult worms reach a length of 4 to 6 mmÉ.
bulletLife Cycle (if applicable): figure plus written description
bulletDiagnostic Tests
bulletManagement and Therapy: Surgical extraction of parasite
bulletEpidemiology: The precise distribution of this disease is unknown
bulletCountry Information: Thelaziasis has been reported in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
bulletPublic Health and Prevention Strategies (Vaccines)
bulletUseful Web Links


II. References

Please link all of your citations and pictures to your References page. On your References page, you should have a list of (properly formatted) citations for each piece of information and picture that you borrowed. Here, you may also link to the original source if the source is online. Please do not link to the original source from other pages on your website; link to your References page instead.


III. Primary Source

Please be sure to include at least one primary source in your ParaSite, as discussed in class. For most students, this primary source will be an original research article or an interview conducted with an expert in the field.


IV. Contact Information

Please include the following information, in this specific order, on your home page (the first page that visitors see when they visit your ParaSite).

Student Name, Class year, Email
Stanford University
Parasites & Pestilence: Infectious Public Health Challenges
Prof. D. Scott Smith,

Natalie Ramos, 2006,
Stanford University
Parasites & Pestilence: Infectious Public Health Challenges
Prof. D. Scott Smith,

Final Checklist

bullet Does the website meet all content requirements listed above?
  Did you include the specific contact information on your home page?
bullet Do all of your links work? (Have you used relative links?)
bulletAre all website components compiled into a folder named after your parasitic disease?
bullet Does the folder hold no more than 10MB of files? Find out by right clicking on your folder and choosing "Properties", followed by the "General" tab.

Congratulations on completing your ParaSites!