Host-parasite relationships in schistosomiasis

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1966
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PURNELL R. E.
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In the first paper of this series (Purnell, 1966) the effect was examined of temperature at the time of contact on the infection of snails by miracidia and of mice by cercariae of Schistosoma mallsoni. Before the actual contact, the larvae had been maintained at ambient room temperature, and the influence of the various temperatures at contact was therefore considered as an isolated effect. This clearly may not be strictly related to field results, since the temperature at which the larvae had been kept before contact, coupled with their age, would also be expected to influence their vitality. In the present paper the effect is examined of the maintenance of the larvae at different temperatures for varying times before contact with the potential host.
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Parasitology, 60 (2), p. 182-186