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The 4th of July is a time for celebration, filled with barbecues, swimming, and outdoor fun. However, these activities can also expose you to common parasites that thrive during the summer months. At Techcyte, our advanced AI algorithm is designed to assist in the counting and classification of a wide range of parasites.

Here’s a guide to help you stay parasite-free while enjoying your Independence Day festivities.

Giardia duodenalis

  • Activities: Swimming in lakes, rivers, or improperly treated pools, and drinking contaminated water.
  • Symptoms: Diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and dehydration.
  • Prevention: Avoid swallowing water while swimming and drink only treated or bottled water.

Take a look at Giardia duodenalis on a digitized Trichrome slide that our AI algorithm classified. Don’t be fooled by the cute smile. These are not friendly.

Cryptosporidium sp. oocysts

  • Activities: Swimming in contaminated recreational waters and drinking contaminated water.
  • Symptoms: Watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Prevention: Swim only in pools and water bodies that are regularly tested and avoid swallowing water.

Take a look at Cryptosporidium sp. oocysts on a digitized MAF slide that our AI algorithm classified.

Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts

  • Activities: Consuming contaminated food or water, often associated with imported fresh produce.
  • Symptoms: Watery diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea, and fatigue.
  • Prevention: Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and drink only safe, treated water.

Take a look at Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts on a digitized MAF slide that our AI algorithm classified.

Hookworm Eggs

  • Activities: Walking barefoot on contaminated soil, particularly in areas with poor sanitation.
  • Symptoms: Itchy rash at the site of entry, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and anemia.
  • Prevention: Wear shoes when walking outdoors, especially in areas where soil contamination is possible.

Take a look at Hookworm Eggs on a digitized Wet Mount slide that our AI algorithm classified.

Enterobius vermicularis (Pinworm)

  • Activities: Consuming contaminated food or water, and direct contact with contaminated surfaces or people.
  • Symptoms: Itchy anal region, restlessness, and abdominal pain.
  • Prevention: Maintain good hand hygiene, especially before eating and after using the restroom, and avoid sharing personal items.

Take a look at Enterobius vermicularis (Pinworm) on a digitized Wet Mount slide that our AI algorithm classified.

How Techcyte Helps

We’re revolutionizing the field of anatomic and clinical pathology. Our Unified AI Platform is designed to help laboratories provide accurate and efficient parasite detection. By leveraging our advanced algorithms, labs can digitize their workflows and achieve high-throughput screening with precision. Our platform can identify a wide range of parasites, including those commonly encountered during summer activities.

Conclusion

Understanding the risks and symptoms of common parasites can help you take the necessary precautions to stay healthy during your 4th of July celebrations. By following simple preventive measures such as practicing good hygiene, drinking safe water, and avoiding walking barefoot in potentially contaminated areas, you can enjoy the festivities without worry.

At Techcyte, our goal is to provide labs with a platform that can enhance the accuracy and efficiency of parasitic detection. Have a safe, healthy, and happy Independence Day!