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Course Information

About this Course

This course is designed to give a broad overview of general human and animal parasitology, with respect to the types of parasites, nature of parasitism, advantages and disadvantages of parasitism. It will cover the biology, parasitism and pathogenesis of the parasitic protozoans, helminths and arthropod parasites that cause significant human and animal disease. This subject covers on how each parasite establishes infection in their hosts, how it spreads between hosts, and the pathogenesis of disease. Current approaches to control and to treat parasitic disease will be addressed. Parasitology is a subject that requires a good deal of memorization and specialized terminologies.

Course Syllabus

1.0 Introduction to parasitology
? Briefing session: Introduction, expectations and assessment.
? Explain what parasitology is all about and its relevance to Biology students.

2.0 Basic concepts in parasitism
? Principle of host-parasite relationship ? outcome of infection.
? Parasitic classifications.
? Parasite form and function.

3.0 Introduction to Extracellular and Intracellular Protozoans
? Introduction to protozoans
? Amoeba (Sarcodina) - Intestinal amoeba (Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba coli, Entamoeba gingivalis, Iodamoeba buetschlii and Endolimax nana) and free living amoeba (Naegleria fowleri and Acanthamoeba spp.)
? Ciliates (Ciliospora) - Intestinal ciliates protozoa (Balantidium coli) and parasitic ciliates of fish (Ichthyophthirius marinus and Ichthyophthirius multifiliis)
? Flagellates (Mastigophora) - Intestinal flagellates (Giardia lamblia, Dientamoeba fragilis, Trichomonas hominis, Chilomastix mesnili, and Retortamonas intestinalis), blood and tissue hemoflagellates (Trypanosoma brucei brucei, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp.)
? Sporozoan (Apicomplexa) - Intestinal Sporozoan (Cryptosporidium spp., Cyclospora cayetanensis and Isospora); Blood and tissue sporozoan (Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii).
? Microspora (Microsporidia) and Myxozoa - Nosema spp. and Myxobolus cerebralis.

4.0 Phylum Platyhelminthes (Flatworms) ? Trematodes (Flukes)
? Introduction to trematodes
? Digeneans - Strigeiformes ? Alaria americana and Schistosoma spp.
? Digeneans ? Echinostomatiformes ? Echinostoma spp., Fasciola hepatica, Fasciola gigantica and Fasciolopsis buski.
? Digeneans - Plagiochiformes & Opisthorchiformes ? Dicrocoelium dendriticum, Paragonimus westermani, Clonorchis sinensis, Opisthorchis felineus, Opisthorchis viverrini and Heterophyes heterophyes.

5.0 Phylum Platyhelminthes (Flatworms) - Cestodes
? Introduction to cestodes
? Intestinal cestodes - Taenia spp., Hymenolepis spp., Diphyllobothrium latum and Dipylidium caninum.
? Tissue cestodes - Echinococcus spp.

6.0 Phylum Nematoda (Roundworms)
? Introduction to nematodes
? Intestinal nematodes - Trichuris trichiura, Enterobius vermicularis, human hookworms (Ancylostoma doudenale, Necator americanus),animal hookworms (Ancylostoma braziliense, Ancylostoma caninum), Ascaris spp., Anisakis simplex, Strongyloides stercoralis and Angiostrongylus (Parastrongylus) costaricensis.
? Blood/ Body fluid/ Tissue nematodes - Trichinella spiralis, Dracunculus medinensis, Dirofilaria immitis, Toxocara canis and filarial worms (Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, Oncocherca volvulus, Loa loa, Mansonella ozzardi and Dirofilaria immitis)
? CNS nematodes - Angiostrongylus cantonensis.
? Parasitic nematodes of ruminants - Strongylus vulgaris, Haemonchus contortus, Trichostrongylus sp. and Ostertagia sp.

7.0 Phylum Arthropoda
? spp., morphology, origin, life-cycle, pathogenesis, clinical signs, treatment, control and prevention.
? Parasitic Crustacean and Pentastomida (tongue worm) ? Linguatula serrata and Armillifer armillatus.
? Parasitic Insects ? head (Pediculus humanus capitis), body (Pediculus humanus humanus) and pubic lice (Phthirus pubis), bed bug (Cimex lectularius), kissing bug and fleas (Pulex irritans, Ctenocephalides felis, Xenopsylla cheopis and Tunga penetrans), Flies (Simulium damnosum, Phlebotomus spp., Lutzomyia spp. and Dermatobia hominis), Mosquitoes (Culex, Anopheles, Mansonia and Aedes).
? Parasitic Arachnids ? Ticks (hard and soft ticks) and mites (Demodex spp., Sarcoptes scabei and Dermatophagoides sp.).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 : Is there any laboratory practicals for this course
A1 : There is no laboratory practical for this course