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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99  

Cestode infections: A brief insight


Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Date of Web Publication26-Nov-2013

Correspondence Address:
Subhash Chandra Parija
Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.122100

PMID: 24470990

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Parija SC. Cestode infections: A brief insight. Trop Parasitol 2013;3:99

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Parija SC. Cestode infections: A brief insight. Trop Parasitol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 May 14];3:99. Available from: https://www.tropicalparasitology.org/text.asp?2013/3/2/99/122100

A warm welcome to all the readers of Tropical Parasitology.

The present issue is primarily centered on cestode infections. Taenia asiatica is a recently discovered species of Taenia. This new species has been reported from eight Asian countries causing human intestinal taeniasis and cysticercosis in animals. This unique species exhibits a morphology resembling Taenia saginata and life cycle resembling Taenia solium infection, pigs being the main intermediate host. Although T. asiatica is well-known to cause intestinal teniasis, less is known about its role in causation of cysticercosis in humans. The enigma surrounding this recently identified tape worm is currently a topic of interest discussed by many parasitologists across the world. The symposium section of this issue is exclusively dedicated to the recent concepts in taxonomy, molecular diversity and laboratory diagnosis of the Asian Taenia. Elegant reviews written by national and international experts discuss these issues in detail.

Cysticercosis caused by T. solium, a major parasitic disease of public health concern in developing countries, but classified as neglected tropical disease has been discussed elaborately as a review. Interesting original work done on cysticercosis and other parasitic infections, have found their place in this issue. Some of the rare presentations of cysticercosis, cystic echinococcosis and other cestodes reported in the dispatches section are sure to amuse the readers.

In the competitive scientific fraternity, every individual is being estimated based on the number of publications. This can pre-dispose to disputes over authorship and loss of ethical values. The ethics in series section of the present issue highlighting these controversial issues is a must read for every researcher. In the face-to-face section, we have interviewed Dr. Magda E. Azab, the chief editor of parasitologists United Journal from Egypt, regarding the scenario of parasitic diseases in their geographic location.

With the wealth of the information contained, we are confident that this issue will surely enlighten its readers.




 

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