The Immune Regulation of Intestinal Helminthiases

  • Robert M. Genta
Part of the Infectious Agents and Pathogenesis book series (IAPA)


Intestinal helminthiases represent collectively the most prevalent parasitic infection of humankind. In developing countries, where nearly 75% of the global population lives, between one-third and one-half of the residents carry one or more intestinal parasitic worms; children born in endemic areas are likely to acquire these infections early and remain infected for the rest of their lives. The impact of these parasites on the health of their hosts covers the entire spectrum from negligible to catastrophic; therefore, there is a dearth of reliable information on the actual medical and financial burden caused by these infections. There is, however, little doubt that the combined morbidity resulting from intestinal worms represents a major obstacle to the full social and economic development of many tropical nations, and that the elimination of intestinal parasitoses would be a desirable goal.


Mast Cell Infective Larva Echinococcus Granulosus Ascaris Lumbricoides Intestinal Helminth 
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  • Robert M. Genta
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  1. 1.Departments of Pathology, Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, and Center for Infectious DiseasesUniversity of Texas School of Public HealthHoustonUSA

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