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Parasites and Parasitic Diseases

  • Elisabeth PresterlEmail author
  • Magda Diab-El SchahawiEmail author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
  • Helga Paula
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
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Abstract

Parasitism is a form of existence. Parasitism means “life of an organism (‘parasite’) at the expense of another organism (host)”. If the profit is on both sides, this is called symbiosis. The host may be damaged but not necessarily. Parasites are therefore mono- or multicellular organisms.

Keywords

Protozoa Parasites Flukes Worms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Presterl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magda Diab-El Schahawi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
    • 1
  • Helga Paula
    • 1
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hygiene and Infection ControlMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

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