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Helminths and helminthic diseases

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

Associate Editors

Martha Betson, PhD, MA, MSc, FHEA, University of Surrey, UK
Carlos Graeff Teixeira, PhD, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
Scott Lawton, PhD, Scotland's Rural College, UK
Barbora Pafčo, PhD, Institute of Vertebrate Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Joaquin Prada, PhD, 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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Gyrodactylus salaris Malmberg, 1957 is an OIE (Office International des Epizooties)-listed parasitic pathogen and had until the current study been reported from 19 countries across Europe, although many of these ...

    Authors: Giuseppe Paladini, Andrew P. Shinn, Nicholas G. H. Taylor, James E. Bron and Haakon Hansen
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:34
  6. 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
  7. Echinococcus multilocularis is a small tapeworm affecting wild and domestic carnivores and voles in a typical prey-predator life cycle. In Italy, there has been a focus of E. multilocularis since 1997 in the nort...

    Authors: Carlo Vittorio Citterio, Federica Obber, Karin Trevisiol, Debora Dellamaria, Roberto Celva, Marco Bregoli, Silvia Ormelli, Sofia Sgubin, Paola Bonato, Graziana Da Rold, Patrizia Danesi, Silvia Ravagnan, Stefano Vendrami, Davide Righetti, Andreas Agreiter, Daniele Asson…
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:29
  8. 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
  9. The mass drug administration of ivermectin for onchocerciasis control has contributed to a significant drop in Loa loa microfilaria loads in humans that has, in turn, led to reduction of infection levels in Chrys...

    Authors: Glory Ngongeh Amambo, Raphael Awah Abong, Fanny Fri Fombad, Abdel Jelil Njouendou, Franck Nietcho, Amuam Andrew Beng, Ritter Manuel, Mathias Eyong Esum, Kebede Deribe, Jerome Fru Cho, Peter Ivo Enyong, Catherine Poole, Achim Hoerauf, Clotilde Carlow and Samuel Wanji
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:19
  10. 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
  11. The control of onchocerciasis in Ghana started in 1974 under the auspices of the Onchocerciasis Control Programme (OCP). Between 1974 and 2002, a combination of approaches including vector control, mobile comm...

    Authors: Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, Dziedzom K. de Souza, Odame Asiedu, Benjamin Marfo, Uche Veronica Amazigo and John Owusu Gyapong
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:3
  12. Human gnathostomiasis is a food-borne zoonosis. Its etiological agents are the third-stage larvae of Gnathostoma spp. Human gnathostomiasis is often reported in developing countries, but it is also an emerging di...

    Authors: Guo-Hua Liu, Miao-Miao Sun, Hany M. Elsheikha, Yi-Tian Fu, Hiromu Sugiyama, Katsuhiko Ando, Woon-Mok Sohn, Xing-Quan Zhu and Chaoqun Yao
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:616
  13. The cytokine interleukin-25 (IL-25) is recognized as the most relevant initiator of protective T helper 2 (Th2) responses in intestinal helminth infections. This cytokine induces resistance against several spe...

    Authors: María Álvarez-Izquierdo, Miguel Pérez-Crespo, J. Guillermo Esteban, Carla Muñoz-Antoli and Rafael Toledo
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:608
  14. Existing diagnostic methods for the parasitic gastrointestinal nematode, Haemonchus contortus, are time consuming and require specialised expertise, limiting their utility in the field. A practical, on-farm diagn...

    Authors: Elise A. Kho, Jill N. Fernandes, Andrew C. Kotze, Glen P. Fox, Maggy T. Sikulu-Lord, Anne M. Beasley, Stephen S. Moore and Peter J. James
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:591
  15. Cysticercosis caused by cysticercus tenuicollis is a metacestode infection that affects several species of ungulates. It is caused by the larval stage of Taenia hydatigena, an intestinal tapeworm in dogs and wild...

    Authors: Andrea Corda, Giorgia Dessì, Antonio Varcasia, Silvia Carta, Claudia Tamponi, Giampietro Sedda, Mauro Scala, Barbara Marchi, Francesco Salis, Antonio Scala and Maria Luisa Pinna Parpaglia
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:568
  16. The Tibetan antelope Pantholops hodgsonii (Abel) (Artiodactyla: Bovidae) is an endangered species of mammal endemic to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Parasites and parasitic diseases are considered to be important ...

    Authors: Yi-Fan Cao, Hui-Xia Chen, Yang Li, Dang-Wei Zhou, Shi-Long Chen and Liang Li
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:566
  17. European species of the large genus Phyllodistomum Braun, 1899 had historically been erected based solely on morphological characters. Unfortunately, many of them are still poorly known and inadequately described...

    Authors: Romualda Petkevičiūtė, Alexander E. Zhokhov, Virmantas Stunžėnas, Larisa G. Poddubnaya and Gražina Stanevičiūtė
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:561
  18. Spirometra erinaceieuropaei is a diphylobothriid tapeworm with a complex life-cycle including definitive, intermediate and paratenic (transport) hosts. Multiple routes of parasite transmission often make it impos...

    Authors: Eliza Kondzior, Rafał Kowalczyk, Małgorzata Tokarska, Tomasz Borowik, Andrzej Zalewski and Marta Kołodziej-Sobocińska
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:560
  19. Parasitic flatworms (Trematoda: Digenea) represent one of the most remarkable examples of drastic morphological diversity among the stages within a life cycle. Which genes are responsible for extreme differenc...

    Authors: Maksim A. Nesterenko, Viktor V. Starunov, Sergei V. Shchenkov, Anna R. Maslova, Sofia A. Denisova, Andrey I. Granovich, Andrey A. Dobrovolskij and Konstantin V. Khalturin
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:559
  20. Trichostrongylus is one of the most important zoonotic trichostrongylid nematodes, infecting mostly livestock. Data on its genetic characteristics are lacking in Iran.

    Authors: Mohammad Amin Ghatee, Seyed Ali Asghar Malek Hosseini, Masoud Marashifard, Mehdi Karamian, Walter Robert Taylor, Ali Jamshidi, Iraj Mobedi and Hasan Azarmehr
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:553
  21. Trichuris trichiura (human whipworm) infects an estimated 477 million individuals worldwide. In addition to T. trichiura, other Trichuris species can cause an uncommon zoonosis and a number of human cases have be...

    Authors: Pedro Fernández-Soto, Carlos Fernández-Medina, Susana Cruz-Fernández, Beatriz Crego-Vicente, Begoña Febrer-Sendra, Juan García-Bernalt Diego, Óscar Gorgojo-Galindo, Julio López-Abán, Belén Vicente Santiago and Antonio Muro Álvarez
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:552
  22. Pulmonary manifestations are regularly reported in both human and animal filariasis. In human filariasis, the main known lung manifestations are the tropical pulmonary eosinophilia syndrome. Its duration and s...

    Authors: Frédéric Fercoq, Estelle Remion, Nathaly Vallarino-Lhermitte, Joy Alonso, Lisy Raveendran, Colin Nixon, John Le Quesne, Leo M. Carlin and Coralie Martin
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:551
  23. The pastoral area of the eastern Tibetan Plateau is highly endemic for human echinococcosis. Domestic dogs are the main definitive host for the transmission of both Echinococcus granulosus (sensu lato) and E. mul...

    Authors: Xiaodong Weng, Zhiqiang Mu, Xu Wei, Xu Wang, Qingqiu Zuo, Shuo Ma, Youzhong Ding, Xiaoming Wang, Weiping Wu, Philip S. Craig and Zhenghuan Wang
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:207

    The Correction to this article has been published in Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:124