Parasites are organisms that live in or on other organism, called hosts. The parasites depend on their host to survive, mature, and reproduce. Parasites harm their host by taking nutrients and strength, sometimes leaving behind diseases. Hosts are rarely killed by parasites, but suffer at the expense of giving their parasite life.
Case study of a new unidentified flying parasite...
NOTE: The following article was written by a customer who is suffering from the effects of some type of unidentified parasite. We are grateful for her willingness to share her thoughts.
Parasites in New Clothing
Parasite infestation victims have to do their own research. Don't be deceived by entomologists who say, Parasites don't fly. Their expertise is insects not parasites. Parasite websites have no ID information.
The unidentified parasite is not related to Morgellons/Fibre Disease. It's not a nematode. In 2006, it was reported to the CDC Parasitic Disease Branch in Atlanta. Their response was nonchalant and unhelpful. As of today, I've heard no reports about a federal investigation. This parasite may become widespread before officials take a real initiative to investigate it.
In the U.S. UK & Eroupe, unidentified parasites are infesting the cloths of new garment retailers. Shoppers beware!! Many textile products are being imported from foreign countries which have lower manufacturing standards. The U.S. inspections and shipping industry have failed to detect parasites. As a result, consumers are contracting parasites from NEW retail clothing and textile products. Any store that sells imported textiles (clothing, furniture, carpeting) can have these parasites. Infested hotels, rental cars, offices, and public transportation can be a source of transmission, also.
There have been reports of infested clothing in retail outlets on the East Coast. These parasites are not limited to the East Coast. The problem is nationwide. Parasite infested clothing is being sold at low and high-priced retailers. Therefore, people of all economic levels will be impacted.
The retail garment industry is infested with a parasite that's uncommon to the US. It's not a mite, flea, lice, collembolan, springtail, sand fly, or anything your doctor would be familiar with. Some retailers mistakenly call it a “cloth flea”. Yet it's a parasite that poses serious health risks.
Parasites are not bugs or insects. They're organisms that carry diseases and other parasites. Ectoparasites are external and live outside the human body. People of all ages and nationalities are at risk of being exposed to the unidentified parasite.
The unidentified flying parasites appearance:
White, usually bright white, buff, beige, or peach the original parasite source is white, yet colors may change over time.
Shape and Size
- Tiny and round about the size of a speck of salt
- Tiny and oblong shaped (They resemble a tiny piece of thread or fiber.)
- Both could be different forms of the same parasite. # 1 could be an egg, but I'm not certain. Long-time infested retailers will have both tiny and larger sizes.
The babies are about 1/16 inches long. Average length is less than 1/8 inches long. (1/8 inches is the length of an extracted ink pen tip. 1/16 inches is one-half of that.) The parasite can grow longer.
Width varies according to parasite's maturity. Average width is about twice the size of sewing thread. It can grow as wide as a grain of rice.
You can't see the body of the parasite. The body is hidden by its folded wings. When it's airborne, you see only its fluttering wings.
Note: The parasite doesn't look like an insect. If it's dormant, people won't notice it.
Movements and Habits
Item # 2 (described above) is the main culprit that moves and bites. This parasite can fly, jump, and crawl. It flies really fast. You must look at the right time in order to see it flying. The parasite flies only occasionally. It spends most of its time resting on something. It likes hair, clothing, and dark colored items.
The parasite's location is not limited to the hair, clothing, and body. It will infest fabric and non-fabric items. Once it gets into a home, the parasite spreads quickly. It will get in every room and everything (i.e. wallets, pocketbooks, paper, plastic, boxes, cabinets, etc.). Wherever you go, it travels with you (i.e. your car, office, school, etc.).
The parasite can travel from shopping bags to your car. They'll spread to the trunk. So exercise precaution when handling newly purchased items.
Physical symptoms of sufferers
- Bites that sting.
- Red skin rashes caused by contact with the parasite and/or its eggs.
- Victims may feel the parasite or its eggs lighting on their skin.
- Based on the sensitivity of one's skin, some victims have an itching problem.
The biting occurs on exposed and non-exposed skin. The parasites get underneath one's clothing and bite everywhere. I've been bitten while shopping in stores! Some people may not notice symptoms. That depends on the degree of exposure and their skin sensitivity. Biting is the first symptom that prompts victims to examine themselves. Exposure to heavily infested clothing and environments may increase the severity of one's symptoms.
An infestation occurs when parasites are transmitted to the body, hair, or clothing of an individual. Within a few days, numerous parasites will appear on the skin, hair, clothing, in the car, etc. They multiply like crazy!! Daily visual examinations are crucial.
If anyone has the same parasite infestation, their pest description and symptoms should be identical (as stated in the above sections). The only variation is related to itching. Over a period of time, they may experience disease symptoms (i.e. swelling ankles). The full list of symptoms can't be assessed until the parasite is identified or a case study is done among infected patients.
People with less sensitive skin may unknowingly carry the parasite. Some folks can live with an infested person and not notice the parasites. The parasites will be on their clothing and they'll transfer them other places. I've seen them fly off someone's clothing!
Parasites carry uncommon and highly infectious diseases. When parasites bite, they can inject diseases into the body. Some diseases may lead to death.
Parasite infested people should avoid public contact during heavy infestation. They should stay at home. After a significant reduction, they can go out. Yet their clothing and hair should be sprayed first. The other daily routines must continue (see below).
The parasite loves hair and that's a breeding spot. Parasite victims either shave their head or keep it covered.
Treatment of clothing
Dry cleaning does not kill the parasite. Instead, it causes the spread of parasites to dry cleaning personnel and other customers. Do not take infested clothing to the dry cleaners!
Machine washing new clothing does NOT kill parasites on infested garments. Infestation victims have used Borax, Ammonia, Vinegar, and other chemical products. None of the chemicals yield a complete removal of the parasite including unhatched eggs. After a hot washing/drying, parasites can fly out the machine. Therefore, infested clothing must be handled very carefully. Just one infested item can cause your entire closet to get infested. Heavily infested clothing should be burned. Get rid of everything that's infested!
Infestation victims are often mistreated by the medical community. Doctors often won't touch and examine infested patients. Some have given patients a false diagnosis of scabies. Then they rush the patient out the office or hospital. Others might avoid having the patient visit their office. Discrimination has occurred among non-white patients.
In some cases, entomologists and doctors diagnosed patients as having delusional parasitosis, That is a rare disorder in which sufferers hold a delusional belief they are infested with parasites (http://delusion.ucdavis.edu/delusional.html). Of course, it is easier for professionals to accuse you of being delusional than to admit they don't know something! Parasite victims must be able to handle these challenges.
If you're waiting for an official announcement, don't hold your breath! The federal government won't acknowledge anything caused by their oversight or political decisions. It is up to you to start examining all clothing and textile products. Be vigilant wherever you go.