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Worm burdens in schistosome infections

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Show simple item record Gryseels, B. de Vlas, S. J. 2010-05-21T07:41:27Z 2010-05-21T07:41:27Z 1996
dc.identifier.issn 0169-4758
dc.identifier.other ITG-D1A
dc.identifier.other DIRECT
dc.identifier.other U-SCHISTO
dc.identifier.other JIF
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT
dc.description.abstract Schistosomiasis, caused by fluke worms of Schistosoma spp, is one of the most common tropical diseases. Despite decades of research and progress towards the control of the disease, many aspects of the dynamics of infection and immunity remain unresolved. There is, in fact, not even an approximate measure of how many worms are harboured by infected humans. Epidemiological, mathematical and biomedical arguments indicate that individual worm burdens in endemic areas number hundreds to thousands of adult schistosomes, instead of the few to dozens generally assumed on the basis of available autopsy data. As Bruno Gryseels and Sake de Vlas here discuss, this hypothesis has important consequences for research and control, as many constants in schistosomiasis research have to be reconsidered. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Helminthic diseases en
dc.subject Schistosomiasis en
dc.subject Worm load en
dc.subject Morbidity en
dc.subject Congo-Kinshasa en
dc.subject Burundi en
dc.subject Africa, Central en
dc.title Worm burdens in schistosome infections en
dc.type Article en
dc.citation.issue 3 en
dc.citation.jtitle Parasitology Today en
dc.citation.volume 12 en
dc.citation.pages 115-119 en
dc.citation.jabbreviation Parasitol Today en

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