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Parasitic helminths and zoonoses in Africa

  • C. N. L. Macpherson
  • P. S. Craig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xx
  2. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 1-24
  3. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 25-53
  4. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 54-82
  5. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 83-100
  6. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 101-137
  7. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 138-203
  8. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 204-223
  9. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 224-236
  10. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 237-259
  11. C. N. L. Macpherson, P. S. Craig
    Pages 260-272
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 273-281

About this book

Introduction

Helminths include one of the most diverse and geographically widespread groups of parasites which infect humans and animals. About 100 species have been reported from humans, usually producing asymptomatic infection or mild symptoms. However, about 20 species are of public health importance causing severe or even fatal infections. In many parts of Africa parasitic helminths are responsible for enormous economic losses, hampering rural development programmes and reducing the pace of economic growth. Many parasitic helminths are either zoonoses (diseases naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man) or have evolved from animal parasites. The modification of the environment through wars, famine and the ever expanding and increasingly mobile human population brings people into close contact with new environments and wildlife species which makes the study and control of zoonoses of special interest and complexity. In Africa, the transmission of helminth parasites is highly influenced by the ever changing social and cultural differences between diverse groups of peoples and their interaction with wild and domestic animals. It is not surprising, therefore, that approaches to the study and control of parasitic zoonoses require intersectoral cooperation between physicians, veterinarians, parasitologists, zoologists, demographers, anthropologists, engineers and economists to provide the breadth of knowledge and expertise required to develop our understanding of these diseases and to devise methods for their control. This book provides a selective compilation of parasitic helminths, many of which are zoonoses which create important economic and public health problems in Africa.

Keywords

Schistosomiasis animals biology epidemiology parasite parasites

Editors and affiliations

  • C. N. L. Macpherson
    • 1
  • P. S. Craig
    • 2
  1. 1.Swiss Tropical Institute Field LaboratoryTanzaniaUSA
  2. 2.School of Tropical MedicineLiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-3054-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5358-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3054-7
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