Tropical Parasitology

: 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Parasitology: What's new, what's unusual?

Subhash Chandra Parija 
 Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry, India

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Subhash Chandra Parija


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Parija SC. Parasitology: What's new, what's unusual?.Trop Parasitol 2020;10:1-2

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Greetings from the Desk of the Editor!

This issue of Tropical Parasitology is a special one since it is being published at a time when we are in the mid of a viral infection, which has swept through the globe with millions of cases and thousands of death. The credit for getting this issue ready goes entirely to the publishing team who have made this possible when the whole of India is in a state of lockdown and almost at a standstill.

This issue has a review article on control and elimination aspects of Plasmodium knowlesi[1] and two articles in the symposium section which deal with an emerging and controversial pathogen, Lophomonas blattarum[2] and another on a lesser known and neglected entity, namely Parasitic keratitis.[3] There are four original articles of which two deal with soil-transmitted helminths among school-going children, one from Sikkim[4] in Northeast India and the other from Eastern India from the state of Odisha.[5] Asymptomatic malaria and its role as a carrier state are not well studied in India, and one article features this aspect in an urban setting, with majority of the subjects being migrant workers.[6] One study from Iraq focuses on the role of various factors on the pathology of endothelial dysfunction in acute toxoplasmosis.[7]

In the dispatch section, we have six reports of which two deal with some rare manifestations of common parasitic infection. These include two atypical presentations of filariasis,[8],[9] metastatic amoebic brain abscess,[10] and pancytopenia induced by Plasmodium vivax infection.[11] In addition, one dispatch describes the electron microscopic study of Eristalis tenax causing intestinal myiasis,[12] while another describes a rare co-infection by Hymenolepis nana and Hymenolepis diminuta in a child.[13] One letter describes the development of Fasciolopsis buski egg over a period of 11 days till the release of miracidium.[14] In addition, in our regular face-to-face[15] feature, we have an interview with Prof. Celia Holland working at Trinity College Dublin whose the main focus of research is on Toxocara.

We hope that the articles in this issue will make interesting reading and impetus for some further work.


1Naik DG. Plasmodium knowlesi-mediated zoonotic malaria: A challenge for elimination. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:3-6.
2Chaudhury A, Parija SC. Lophomonas blattarum: A new flagellate causing respiratory tract infections. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:7-11.
3Khurana S, Sharma M. Parasitic keratitis – An under-reported entity. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:12-7.
4Subba SH, Singh TS. Study on the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections and the assessment of the efficacy of albendazole in soil-transmitted helminths in school-going children in East Sikkim. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:18-23.
5Mahapatra A, Mohanty N, Behera BK, Dhal S, Praharaj AK. Soil transmitted helminth infections among school going age children of slums from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:34-8.
6Ramaswamy A, Mahabala C, Basavaiah SH, Jain A, Chouhan RR. Asymptomatic malaria carriers and their characterization in hotpops of malaria at Mangalore. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:24-8.
7Al-Kuraishi AH, Al-Windy SD, Al-Kuraishy HM, Al-Gareeb AI. Endothelial dysfunction in acute acquired toxoplasmosis. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:29-33.
8Mandal T, Meena S, Singh R, Azad CS. Microfilaria in achylous hematuria: Can it imitate urolithiasis? Trop Parasitol 2020;10:44-6.
9Sancheti PM, Naikwade RR. Lymphatic filariasis presenting as retroperitoneal cyst. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:59-61.
10Bauddh NK, Jadon RS, Ranjan P, Vikram NK. Metastatic amebic brain abscess: A rare presentation. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:47-9.
11Sharma S, Dawson L. Pancytopenia induced by secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: A rare, overlooked dreadful complication of Plasmodium vivax. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:50-5.
12Tolba MM. Eristalis tenax intestinal myiasis: An electron microscope study. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:39-43.
13Singh C, Sharma B, Aneja A, Lal SB, Khurana S. Coinfection with Hymenolepis nana and Hymenolepis diminuta infection in a child from North India: A rare case report. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:56-8.
14Achra A, Kansra S, Shulania A. Laboratory experience with the development of Fasciolopsis buski eggs. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:62-4.
15Holland C. Migratory parasites esp larva migrans and its changing patterns. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:65-7.