Chapter 2

Protozoan and Helminth Infections: Epidemiology and Anti Infective Therapy

Saikat Mukherjee, K. Tamreihao, Rakhi Khunjamayum, Khullakpam Shaheen, Elangbam Shanta Singh, Debananda S. Ningthoujam and Sumita Banerjee

Abstract

Our book chapter discusses the two most important protozoan and helminth infections: Leishmaniasis and Elephantiasis. Both of these communicable diseases are a major concern for tropical and subtropical countries. Leishmaniasis has been responsible for frequent epidemics, while elephantiasis is the second most important vector borne disease after malaria. Here, we discuss in detail the vectors transmitting these diseases, the mode of transmission, disease pathogenesis, and conventional/ target based therapeutic approaches.

Total Pages: 21-43 (23)

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