• Question: @Franco have you ever had a parasite live of you and if you did what did it do to you

    Asked by Ned & M to Franco on 21 Jun 2016.
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      Franco Falcone answered on 21 Jun 2016:

      @Ned & M

      Oh dear, at the risk of being really boring, no, I don’t think that I ever had a parasite myself, not that I know of. I may have had pinworms in my early childhood but my parents never told me about this.

      I may have a parasite that is called Toxoplasma gondii, transmitted by cats, because I grew up with lots of cats (and dogs). I may also have a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori in my stomach, as every second person has them but these are not normally considered parasites.

      So my boring answer is no, probably not, but if I did, I would probably put them in a jar or something like that and keep them on my desk all day long, with a sense of pride and ownership – these were MY parasites!