Helminth Infections and their Impact on Global Public Health
Bruschi, Fabrizio (Ed.)
2014, XIII, 502 p. 43 illus., 31 illus. in color.
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Refers to individual helminth infections and their specific aspects in biology, epidemiology and resulting health issues in humans
Highlights the importance of so far neglected infections
This book gives an up-to-date overview of the epidemiology (including molecular typing), specific biological, immunological and immunopathological aspects, diagnosis and perspectives of control of the most common helminth human infections.
Helminths are long-lived multicellular organisms that have co-evolved with humans over many thousands of years. They are responsible for infections which affect around one third of the human population, at global level. Despite the huge efforts in research during the last years, effective control of helminth infections is still far from optimal standards and the resulting diseases remain neglected.
Diversity and History as Drivers of Helminth Systematics and Biology.- Paleoparasitology of Helminths.- Schistosomiasis.- Fascioliasis.- Clonorchiasis and Opisthorchiasis.- Echinococcosis.- Taeniosis and Cysticercosis.- Trichinellosis.- Soil-transmitted helminthiasis.- Strongyloides stercoralis and Strongyloidosis.- Anisakiasis.- Lymphatic and Tissue Filariosis.- Dirofilaria Infections in Humans and Other Zoonotic Filarioses.- Toxocarosis.- Angiostrongyloidosis.- Can the Study of Helminths be Fruitful for Human Diseases?.