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Helminths and helminthic diseases

Subject Editor
Martin Walker, Royal Veterinary College and Imperial College London, UK

Associate Editors
Carlos Graeff Teixeira, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
Poppy Lamberton, University of Glasgow, UK
Scott Lawton, Scotland's Rural College, UK
Joaquin Prada, University of Surrey, UK
 

The Helminths and helminthic disease section publishes articles relating to parasitic Platyhelminthes, Nematoda and Acanthocephala including host-parasite relationships, epidemiology and disease, molecular taxonomy and phylogenetics, life-cycles and intermediate hosts, population genetics and community ecology.

  1. Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a disease caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato  (s.l.). The treatment of CE mainly relies on the use of benzimidazoles, which can commonly cause adverse s...

    Authors: Mohammad Reza Shiee, Eshrat Beigom Kia, Farzaneh Zahabiun, Mahmood Naderi, Elahe Motevaseli, Shahram Nekoeian, Majid Fasihi Harandi and Ahmad Reza Dehpour

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:197

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  2. Schistosomiasis remains a major public health concern in sub-Saharan Africa. Although schistosomiasis is well documented in school-aged children in Burkina Faso, prevalence data among preschool-aged children (...

    Authors: Mamoudou Cisse, Ibrahim Sangare, Arthur D. Djibougou, Marc C. Tahita, Souleymane Gnissi, Jonathan K. W. Bassinga, Salifou Konda and Abdoulaye H. Diallo

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:185

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  3. Cystic echinococcosis (CE) affects predominantly young patients in highly endemic areas. Improved serological methods are needed for the follow-up of CE cases, especially given the high rates of post-surgical ...

    Authors: Eya Ben Salah, Coralie Barrera, Sana Mosbahi, Bruno Gottstein, Mar Siles-Lucas, Samia Belhassen, Abdellatif Nouri, Hamouda BABBA, Laurence Millon and Wahiba Sakly

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:180

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  4. Ascaris lumbricoides is the most common causative agent of soil-transmitted helminth infections worldwide, with an estimated 450 million people infected with this nematode globally. It is suggested that helminths...

    Authors: Norashikin Mohd-Shaharuddin, Yvonne Ai Lian Lim, Romano Ngui and Sheila Nathan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:176

    Content type: Research

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  5. Scabies and impetigo are endemic in many tropical, low- and middle-income countries. Mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin has emerged as a control strategy for these conditions. In 2019, Timor-Leste ...

    Authors: Alexander Matthews, Brandon Le, Salvador Amaral, Paul Arkell, Merita Monteiro, Naomi Clarke, Terlinda Barros, Joaquim de Jesus Mendonça, Sonia Maria Exposto Gusmão, Leonia Maria dos Reis Seixas, João Henrique Araújo da Piedade, Daniel Engelman, Andrew C. Steer, Nicholas S. S. Fancourt, Jennifer Yan, John Kaldor…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:156

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  6. An accurate test for the diagnosis and post-treatment follow-up of patients with schistosomiasis is needed. We assessed the performance of different laboratory parameters, including the up-converting reporter ...

    Authors: Francesca Tamarozzi, Tamara Ursini, Pytsje T. Hoekstra, Ronaldo Silva, Cecilia Costa, Federico Gobbi, Gerardo B. Monteiro, Leonardo Motta, Govert J. van Dam, Paul L. Corstjens, Lisette van Lieshout and Dora Buonfrate

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:149

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  7. Species of Trichinella are globally important foodborne parasites infecting a number of domestic and wild vertebrates, including humans. Free-ranging carnivores can act as sentinel species for detection of Trichi...

    Authors: Rajnish Sharma, N. Jane Harms, Piia M. Kukka, Thomas S. Jung, Sarah E. Parker, Sasha Ross, Peter Thompson, Benjamin Rosenthal, Eric P. Hoberg and Emily J. Jenkins

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:146

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  8. Capillaria aerophila and Capillaria boehmi parasitize the respiratory system of wild and domestic carnivores. Capillaria aerophila inhabits the trachea and bronchi of dogs and cats, while C. boehmi affects the na...

    Authors: Angela Di Cesare, Simone Morelli, Giulia Morganti, Giulia Simonato, Fabrizia Veronesi, Mariasole Colombo, Michele Berlanda, Wilfried Lebon, Matilde Gallo, Frederic Beugnet and Donato Traversa

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:143

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  9. Blood parasites have been the subject of much research, with numerous reports of the presence of microfilariae in the peripheral blood (circulating microfilariae) of birds belonging to many orders. Current lim...

    Authors: Rasa Binkienė, Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Rasa Bernotienė and Gediminas Valkiūnas

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:137

    Content type: Research

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  10. In March 2017, Togo was declared the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, but post-validation surveillance has been lacking. In some areas of the co...

    Authors: Monique Ameyo Dorkenoo, Martin Kouame Tchankoni, Degninou Yehadji, Kossi Yakpa, Mawèké Tchalim, Efoe Sossou, Rachel Bronzan and Didier Koumavi Ekouevi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:134

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  11. Schistosomiasis is a highly prevalent parasitic disease that can lead to adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes. To our knowledge, there has been no systematic review and meta-analysis of schistosomiasis duri...

    Authors: Ishag Adam, Nadiah A. ALhabardi, Osama Al-Wutayd and Ammar H. Khamis

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:133

    Content type: Review

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  12. Dirofilaria repens is a filarioid nematode transmitted by mosquitoes. Adult D. repens are typically localized in the subcutaneous tissue of the host, but other, atypical localizations have also been reported. The...

    Authors: Georgiana Deak, Angela Monica Ionică, Izabela Szasz, Marian Taulescu and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:125

    Content type: Short report

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  13. Onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) are two human neglected tropical diseases that cause major disabilities. Mass administration of drugs targeting the microfilarial stage...

    Authors: Christina A. Bulman, Laura Chappell, Emma Gunderson, Ian Vogel, Brenda Beerntsen, Barton E. Slatko, William Sullivan and Judy A. Sakanari

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:118

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  14. Flooding is considered to be one of the most important factors contributing to the rebound of Oncomelania hupensis, a small tropical freshwater snail and the only intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum, in en...

    Authors: Jing-Bo Xue, Xin-Yi Wang, Li-Juan Zhang, Yu-Wan Hao, Zhe Chen, Dan-Dan Lin, Jing Xu, Shang Xia and Shi-Zhu Li

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:116

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  15. Cystic echinococcosis (CE), caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus (sensu stricto), is a life-threatening but neglected zoonosis. Glycolytic enzymes are crucial molecules for the survival and devel...

    Authors: Qi Xin, Miaomiao Yuan, Wei Lv, Huanping Li, Xiaoxia Song, Jun Lu and Tao Jing

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:105

    Content type: Research

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  16. Benzimidazole (BZ) anthelmintics are widely used to control infections with parasitic nematodes, but BZ resistance is an emerging threat among several nematode species infecting humans and animals. In Sudan, B...

    Authors: Khalid M. Mohammedsalih, Jürgen Krücken, Ahmed Bashar, Fathel-Rahman Juma, Abdalhakaim A. H. Abdalmalaik, Amna Khalafalla, Adam Abakar, Gerald Coles and Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:101

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  17. Ethiopia has set the ambitious national targets of eliminating soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis (SCH) as public health problems by 2020, and breaking their transmission by 2025. This system...

    Authors: Rosie Maddren, Anna Phillips, Alison Ower, Toby Landeryou, Birhan Mengistu, Ufaysa Anjulo, Ewnetu Firdawek, Nebiyu Negussu and Roy Anderson

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:97

    Content type: Review

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  18. Although Toxocara spp. infection has a worldwide distribution, to our knowledge, no data from birth cohorts have been reported in published studies on the potential for congenital transmission and determinants of...

    Authors: Aida Y. Oviedo-Vera, Irina Chis Ster, Martha E. Chico, Marcia B. Silva, Luis F. Salazar-Garcés, Neuza M. Alcantara-Neves and Philip J. Cooper

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:95

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  19. Taenia spp. are responsible for a substantial health and economic burden in affected populations. Knowledge of the fate of the eggs of Taenia spp. in the environment and of other factors facilitating the transmis...

    Authors: Famke Jansen, Pierre Dorny, Sarah Gabriël, Veronique Dermauw, Maria Vang Johansen and Chiara Trevisan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:88

    Content type: Review

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  20. Myanmar commenced a lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination programme in 2000. Whilst the country has made considerable progress since then, a number of districts have demonstrated persistent transmission after ...

    Authors: Benjamin F. R. Dickson, Patricia M. Graves, Ni Ni Aye, Thet Wai Nwe, Tint Wai, San San Win, Myint Shwe, Janet Douglass, Peter Wood, Kinley Wangdi and William J. McBride

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:72

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  21. Schistosomes are trematode worms that dwell in their definitive host’s blood vessels, where females lay eggs that need to be discharged into the environment with host excreta to maintain their life-cycle. Both...

    Authors: Jean Pierre Kambala Mukendi, Risa Nakamura, Satoshi Uematsu and Shinjiro Hamano

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:70

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  22. The DeWorm3 project is an ongoing cluster-randomised trial assessing the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) through mass drug administration (MDA) using study site...

    Authors: James E. Truscott, Robert J. Hardwick, Marleen Werkman, Puthupalayam Kaliappan Saravanakumar, Malathi Manuel, Sitara S. R. Ajjampur, Kristjana H. Ásbjörnsdóttir, Kalua Khumbo, Stefan Witek-McManus, James Simwanza, Gilles Cottrell, Parfait Houngbégnon, Moudachirou Ibikounlé, Judd L. Walson and Roy M. Anderson

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:67

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  23. Soil-transmitted helminthiases are important neglected tropical diseases that result in a notably high number of disability-adjusted life years worldwide. Characterizing the interactions between the human inte...

    Authors: Hongliang Chen, Matteo Mozzicafreddo, Elisa Pierella, Vanessa Carletti, Angela Piersanti, Said M. Ali, Shaali M. Ame, Chunfeng Wang and Cristina Miceli

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:62

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  24. The Eucotylidae Cohn, 1904 (Superfamily: Microphalloidea), is a family of digeneans parasitic in kidneys of birds as adults. The group is characterized by the high level of morphological similarities among gen...

    Authors: Suleman, Nehaz Muhammad, Mian Sayed Khan, Vasyl V. Tkach, Hanif Ullah, Muhammad Ehsan, Jun Ma and Xing-Quan Zhu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:48

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  25. Steinernema feltiae is an entomopathogenic nematode used in biological control programs with a global distribution. Populations of this species show phenotypic plasticity derived from local adaptation and vary in...

    Authors: Patricia Flores, Andrea Alvarado, Gabriela Lankin, Paola Lax, Simona Prodan and Erwin Aballay

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:45

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  26. Leeches (Hirudinida) play a significant role as intermediate hosts in the circulation of trematodes in the aquatic environment. However, species richness and the molecular diversity and phylogeny of larval sta...

    Authors: Ewa Pyrka, Gerard Kanarek, Grzegorz Zaleśny and Joanna Hildebrand

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:44

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  27. Digenean trematodes are parasitic platyhelminths that use several hosts in their life cycles and are thereby embedded in various ecosystems affected by local environmental conditions. Their presence in a habit...

    Authors: Yajiao Duan, Azmi Al-Jubury, Per Walter Kania and Kurt Buchmann

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:43

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  28. Strongyloidiasis, one of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), can be fatal in immunocompromised patients. Available data on Strongyloides stercoralis infection in high-risk patients in Iran are limited. The ai...

    Authors: Alireza Ashiri, Abdollah Rafiei, Molouk Beiromvand, Abdollah Khanzadeh and Arash Alghasi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:37

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  29. Baylisascaris devosi is an intestinal nematode found in several carnivores including fisher, wolverine, Beech marten, American marten and sable in different parts of the world, but this nematode has not been repo...

    Authors: Meysam Sharifdini, Richard A. Heckmann and Fattaneh Mikaeili

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:33

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  30. The World Health Organization has targeted lymphatic filariasis (LF) for elimination as a public health problem and recommends, among other measures, post-elimination surveillance of LF. The identification of ...

    Authors: Ameyo Monique Dorkenoo, Adjaho Koba, Wemboo A. Halatoko, Minongblon Teko, Komlan Kossi, Kossi Yakpa and Rachel N. Bronzan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:23

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  31. Thelazia callipaeda is a zoonotic parasitic nematode of the family Thelaziidae, with Phortica okadai as its intermediate host and only confirmed vector in China. China has the largest number of human cases of th...

    Authors: Yipeng Jin, Zichen Liu, Jiaqi Wei, Yifan Wen, Nianjun He, Liubin Tang, Degui Lin and Jiahao Lin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:13

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  32. Schistosomiasis japonica is a severe zoonosis. Domestic animals are the primary source of infection and play an important role in disease transmission. Surveillance and diagnosis play key roles in schistosomia...

    Authors: Yuanxi Shen, Rongyi Ji, Rui Chai, Nana Yuan, Jiyue Zhang, Yi Jing, Man Yang, Lanqi Zhang, Yang Hong, Jiaojiao Lin and Chuangang Zhu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:8

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  33. Constant emerging sites infested with Oncomelania hupensis (O. hupensis) impede the goal realization of eliminating schistosomiasis. The study assessed the spatial and temporal distributions of new Oncomelania sn...

    Authors: Shengming Li, Ying Shi, Weicheng Deng, Guanghui Ren, Hongbin He, Benjiao Hu, Chunlin Li, Na Zhang, Yingyan Zheng, Yingjian Wang, Shurong Dong, Yue Chen, Qingwu Jiang and Yibiao Zhou

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:7

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