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Experimental Filariasis in the Syrian Hamster; Immunological Aspects of Complex Host-Parasite Interactions

  • Niklaus Weiss
  • Marcel Tanner
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 134)

Abstract

The Syrian hamster has been introduced as an experimental host for a large number of infective agents such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and helminths (1). Only a few researchers, however, have used hamster models to study filarial infections. This is not surprising, since filariae, tissue-dwelling nematodes, are known as highly host-specific parasites of vertebrates and their life cycle can only be completed by selected arthropod vectors. A limited number of filarial species develop in man; some can cause severe disease such as lymphatic filariasis, loiasis and onchocerciasis.

Keywords

Adult Worm SYRIAN Hamster Female Worm Filarial Infection Filarial Antigen 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Niklaus Weiss
    • 1
  • Marcel Tanner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineSwiss Tropical InstituteBaselSwitzerland

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