A curated list of host-parasite information
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Awesome Parasite Awesome

A curated list of amazingly awesome information and open-access databases related to parasites and host-pathogen interactions.

Parasites are unique organisms studied in a variety of disciplines due to their health burden, diversity, and complex ecologies.

Awesome parasite was created by Anna Willoughby and is maintained in partnership with EcoHealth Alliance. Contributions welcome, please read the contributing guidelines.



Reporting Systems

  • World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) - The OIE archive of country alerts and regular reports of certain pathogens. They also have some nice interfaces to show disease distribution and timelines.
  • Healthmap - A web platform that provides infectious disease outbreak alerts for humans and animals.
  • Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMed) - An early warning of outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging diseases. Sources of information include media reports, official reports, online summaries, local observers, and others.


  • NCBI Taxonomy - The Taxonomy Database is a curated classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases, both parasites and hosts.
  • ICTV - The viral taxonomy authority with excellent archives and open reports.
  • IUCN Redlist - Online database that provides taxonomic information for wild hosts. You can use the R package rredlist and the API to access the data directly.

Scientific Journals


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