Year : 2018 | Volume
: 8 | Issue : 1 | Page : 1-
Vector-borne parasites: Can we overcome it?
Subhash Chandra Parija
Director, Sri Venkateswara Group of Institutions, Puducherry, India
Subhash Chandra Parija
Director, Sri Venkateswara Group of Institutions, Puducherry
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Parija SC. Vector-borne parasites: Can we overcome it?.Trop Parasitol 2018;8:1-1
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Parija SC. Vector-borne parasites: Can we overcome it?. Trop Parasitol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 May 22 ];8:1-1
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Greetings from the desk of the editor!
Vector-borne parasitic infection is as old as time and is still a menace to the public health authorities, especially in many tropical countries like India. Malaria continues to scourge the tropical nations, and it is considered a complex disease rather than a single disease entity and most neglected of tropical diseases. The current issue focuses on the epidemiology, management, and transmission trends of malaria. The journal also has an interesting article which highlights the crisis in cases of malaria and filarial co-infections.
The systematic review on mixed malarial infections explores this lesser known part of this infection in terms of its morphology, taxonomy, genetic diversity, host specificity, and epidemiology. Filariasis is another vector-borne infection which still continues to be a woe to the Indian subcontinent. This issue is highlighted in two good articles which explore the cytological findings and effect of mass drug administration as a part of lymphatic filariasis elimination initiative in this infection.
Besides the vector-borne infections, the issue also explores various intestinal parasitic infections. There is a good review on the various aspects of laboratory diagnosis of Cryptosporidium spp. Shehata et al. analyze the prevalence and intensity of Schistosoma haematobium infections and the effect of mass drug administration. There is also a good article which highlights the use of cheaper and easy-to-use culture media for Blastocystis which can be used in economically challenged regions for this parasite. The face-to-face section offers very useful information regarding malaria in an interview with Dr. Aparup Das, who is a stalwart among malaria experts from India.
Hope this issue will be a treat for all the readers! Happy reading!