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Introduction

  • B. B. Singh Dhaliwal
  • Prayag Dutt Juyal
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Abstract

Parasitism is basically association between two species: Parasite (first species) and the host (second species). Parasitic diseases cause significant problems in the developing world. At present, there are more than 15 protozoa and 50 other parasitic diseases that are zoonotic in nature. Zoonotic parasites are important due to their human and animal health, food safety and economic concerns. Emergence and re-emergence of many zoonotic parasites have been reported across the globe. Contaminated water and food significantly increase the transmission of these parasites. Factors influencing prevalence of these parasites include resurgence in vector population, climate change coupled with global warming, international food trade, poverty and lack of safe drinking water in non-industrialised countries, etc. Most of the animals which live in close contact with man could harbour and transmit zoonotic parasites to human beings. Livestock, pets, domiciliated, wild animals, fish and some other animals; all of them could transmit zoonotic parasites. An update on current status of zoonotic parasites has been provided.

Keywords

Parasitic Disease Life Cycle Stage Vertebrate Host Zoonotic Disease Reservoir Host 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public Health and ZoonosesGuru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences UniversityLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Veterinary ParasitologyGuru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences UniversityLudhianaIndia

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