Applied Parasitology

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Course Code: 
ZOO 3204
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

Review of the taxonomy of protozoan and helminth parasites. Host parasite relationships.Protozoa: Sporozoa, including Plasmodium, Babesia, Leucocytozoon, Theileria; Flagellates: including Trichomonas, Giardia, Leishmania, Trypanosomes, methods of studying the parasites and their vectors; vector pathology; epizootiology: definitive host-parasite relations, susceptibility of vertebrates especially mammalian hosts and humans in particular; animal reservoirs, vector-parasite relations; vector-mammalian host relations; host preference; symptom clinical signs and diagnosis; treatment and prophylaxis; control measures.Helminths: Acanthocephala, Nemathelminths, Platyhelminths, helminths of digestive tract, hepatic and renal helminths: Helminths of the eyes and central nervous system, cardiorespiratory helminths, helminths of the muscles, ligaments and skin helminths of birds; diagnosis in helminthology, anthelminthics. Parasitic arthropods (e.g., Fleas, Ticks, Mites, Lice): their distinguishing features, economic importance, life cycles and control.Objectives:To create awareness of the major parasitic diseases in the region, their epidemiology, impacts and control mechanisms.

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