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By Gerald W. Esch, Jacqueline C. Fernández (auth.)

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It constantly moves under the skin causing severe pain and inflammation as it migrates. Man is the wrong host for the parasite at this stage in its life cycle; the parasite should have been in a frog. In the Far East, frog meat is often used as a poultice and direct transfer of plerocercoids from infected frogs to man has also been reported to occur when infected frog flesh is used as a poultice for an open wound on the surface of human skin. There are many host-parasite interactions in which behaviour is modified in such a way that the probability of the host being preyed upon is enhanced.

Some detritivores such as mullet (Mugilidae) also have rich trematode faunas that are acquired as the fish feed on the benthos of estuarine and marine coastal areas, accidentally ingesting metacercariae of the parasites present in the detritus (Paperna and Overstreet, 1981; Fernandez, 1987). Only a few of the external environmental factors known to affect the infrapopulation biology of parasites have been discussed here. It is hoped, Factors affecting parasite populations 37 however, that these examples will serve as an introduction; other factors will be considered more fully in subsequent chapters.

Others suggest that the parasite becomes immunologically 'inert' with the loss of capacity by the parasite to express antigens in its tegumental surface that would be perceived as foreign by the definitive host (Butterworth, 1990). The African trypanosomes alluded to earlier, Trypanosoma rhodesiense and T. gambiense, are haemoftagellates that cause an insidious disease in man known as sleeping sickness (not to be confused with American sleeping sickness that is caused by a virus). In African trypanosomiasis, the host mounts what ostensibly should be an effective immune response via the production of antibodies to a specific antigen coat on the surface of the parasite.

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