Tropical Parasitology

: 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-

Intestinal parasitic infestation in children and other related parasitic infections

Subhash Chandra Parija 
 Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

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Subhash Chandra Parija
Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry

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Parija SC. Intestinal parasitic infestation in children and other related parasitic infections.Trop Parasitol 2011;1:49-49

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We welcome all our readers to the second issue of Tropical Parasitology. We thank all the authors, members of the Editorial Board, our esteemed reviewers and all those who have contributed in some way or the other to make this issue see the light of the day.

Intestinal parasitic infestation is a common problem afflicting children of school-going age in our country. This problem is more commonly observed in the rural and the semi-urban areas and can have a great impact on the overall health and development of a child. This has been precisely and aptly commented upon in our guest commentary. Since the discovery of the non-pathogenic Entamoeba species, the reporting of stool microscopy findings has been a dilemma. Though different styles of reporting/documentation have been suggested, the simplest would be to report as Entamoeba species in the absence of a molecular method which could offer differentiation amongst the different species.

Filarial nematodes have been known to masquerade many a common and even rare diseases. This issue contains a number of articles which bring to light the various manifestations of the filarial nematodes which when lodged in the lymph node can mimic Kimura syndrome. Involvement of the eye by microfilariae or presenting as a nodule or a space-occupying lesion due to the adult worm has been well described here. Serine proteases have been incriminated in the pathogenesis of lymphatic filariasis. The article on molecular characterization of serine proteases from Wolbachia of Wuchereria bancrofti has offered very interesting conclusions.

Case reports of infection with the cestodes involving unusual sites and with unusual presentations have been discussed at length.

Certain less discussed infections like the human trichomoniasis have been given some room for thought, highlighting its association with HIV and the recent advances in its diagnosis.

The article on the surveillance of malaria has revealed the existing loopholes in the current system of surveillance for malaria in the country. The review on control of malaria with a commentary on the same lines has documented the recent combinations of treatment and alternatives available.

This issue also highlights the importance of ethics in clinical research. It reminds us of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cervical epithelial cells. The importance of obtaining informed consent from the human subjects has been stressed upon.

We wish you all happy reading. Suggestions and constructive criticism are most welcome.

On behalf of the Editorial Team,