A parasitic malady is a communicable disease caused or transmitted by a parasite. Several parasites don't cause diseases. Parasitic diseases will have an effect on all living organisms, as well as plants and mammals. The study of parasitic diseases is named parasitology.
Symptoms may mimic anemia or a hormone deficiency. Parasites are responsible for many ill health conditions including diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset, vaginal irritation, joint pain, nervous diseases, immune dysfunction and chronic fatigue. Long term, undetected infestation can cause many systemic problems.
Just over 141 thousand people in the Netherlands died in 2013. According to the latest cause of death figures released by Statistics Netherlands, most of them died of cancer and cardiovascular disease: 30 percent (42 thousand) from cancer and 27 percent (38 thousand) from cardiovascular disease. Statistics Netherlands used automatic coding of some causes of death for 2013.