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Parasitic Infections 

Parasitic Infections
Parasitic Infections

Jon E. Rosenblatt

and Bobbi S. Pritt

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date: 24 October 2021

This chapter covers protozoa, helminths, and arthropods. 1. Protozoa are single-celled, microscopic eukaryotic organisms like amebae and Giardia. Helminths are parasitic worms including nematodes (roundworms), cestodes (tapeworms), and trematodes (flukes). Arthropods, like ticks and mites, are generally considered parasites. Specific organisms reviewed include Giardia lamblia, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba histolytica, Plasmodium falciparum, Babesia microti, and Toxoplasma gondii. Diagnosis and treatment of different types of infection are also reviewed.

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