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INTRODUCTION

IMMUNOLOGY

BACTERIOLOGY

VIROLOGY

PARASITOLOGY

MYCOLOGY

INFECTIOUS DISEASE



PART FOUR: PARASITOLOGY


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Parasites are organisms that obtain food and shelter by living on or within another organism. The parasite derives all benefits from association and the host may either not be harmed or may suffer the consequences of  this association, a parasite disease. The parasite is termed obligate when it can live only in association with a host or it is classified as facultative when it can live both in or on a host as well as in a free form. Parasites which live inside the body are termed endoparasites whereas those which exist on the body surface are called ectoparasites. Parasites that cause harm to the host are pathogenic parasites while those that benefit from the host without causing it any harm are known as commensals. 

In this section, we shall investigate a variety of parasites of medical importance ranging in size from  protozoans such as the amebae and trypanosomes to multicellular worms and flukes. We shall also look at some arthropod parasites. Diseases caused by these organisms include amebic dysentary, sleeping sickness, malaria, river-blindness and elephantiasis.
 


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CHAPTER ONE
 
Intestinal and Luminal Protozoa

Amebiasis (amebic dysentery, amebic hepatitis), Giardiasis (lambliasis): Epidemiology, morbidity and mortality. Morphology of the organisms. Life cycles, hosts and vectors. Disease, symptoms and pathogenesis. Diagnosis
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CHAPTER TWO  Blood Protozoa Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis,  Malaria, Babesiosis, Toxoplasmosis, Pneumocystsis pneumonia    
CHAPTER THREE  The Molecular Biology of Trypanosomiasis African and American Trypanosomes. The diseases that they cause. The molecular basis of antigen variation. The mode of action of trypanocidal drugs    
CHAPTER FOUR  Nematodes Intestinal helminths: Epidemiology, morbidity and mortality. Morphology of the organism. Life cycle, hosts and vectors. Disease, symptoms and pathogenesis. Diagnosis. Prevention and control    
CHAPTER FIVE  Cestodes The tapeworms: Their epidemiology and life cycles. The diseases that they cause: diagnosis, prevention and control      
CHAPTER SIX  Trematodes  Schistosomiasis (Bilharziasis), Fasciolopsis buski (Giant intestinal fluke), Clonorchis sinensis (Chinese Liver Fluke), Paragonimus westermani (Lung Fluke)       
CHAPTER SEVEN   PART ONE Arthropods

CHAPTER SEVEN   PART TWO  Ticks

Fleas, lice, chiggers, bot flies and ticks  

 

  

BACTERIOLOGY    IMMUNOLOGY    VIROLOGY    PARASITOLOGY    MYCOLOGY