This lecture note
is devoted to providing general aspects of parasitology in addition to
covering human parasites in two major groups -the protozoa and helminths
including their distribution, habitat, morphology, life cycle, pathogenicity,
prevention and control, laboratory diagnosis and their relevance to
Ethiopia. It has also appendices, which discuss the collection of laboratory
specimens, preservatives of stool sample, frequently used parasitological
diagnostic methods and reagent preparation.
This book describes the following topics: Intestinal Parasites:
Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Taeniarhynchus saginatus,
Diphyllobothrium latum and Ascaris lumbricoides, Blood Parasites: Trypanosoma
brucei subspecies, Trypanosoma cruzi, Plasmodium species and Schistosoma
species, Tissue and Other Parasites: Leishmania species, Toxoplasma gondii,
Fasciola hepatica, Onchocerca volvulus and Trichinella spiralis.