The parasitic load in cold northern climates is widely under-appreciated. Many texts on parasitology concentrate on tropical parasitic infections, so the reader can be forgiven for thinking that parasites are not a problem in the northern part of the world. Parasites of the Colder Climates redresses the balance by focusing on parasites indigenous to the cooler climates of the northern hemisphere. A multi-authored text-with chapters covering Scandinavia and the Baltic States, Canada, Alaska, Iceland and Russia-this book provides a comprehensive overview of the parasites present in northern climates and the diseases that they cause. Topics include epidemiology, biology and pathogenesis, clinical presentations, laboratory investigations and methods for laboratory diagnosis. Parasites of the Colder Climates presents a concise single reference of diagnostic methods and preventative information for epidemiologists, clinicians and parasitologists and forms a unique account suitable for researchers, advanced undergraduates and postgraduates.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Parasites Indigenous to the North. Parasites and Parasitism. General Epidemiology in Countries in the North: Past and Present. Prevalence of Human Parasites and Parasite Infections in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Prevalence of Human Parasites in Iceland: Past and Present Status. Prevalence of Parasites in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania): Epidemiology Past and Present. Prevalence of Human Parasitic Infections in Russia: Epidemiology Past and Present. Prevalence of Parasites in Canada and Alaska: Epidemiology Past and Present. Important Parasites in the North: Biology, Pathogenesis and Epidemiology. Acanthamoeba Spp. Entamoeba histolytica / dispar. Giardia intestinalis. Microsporidia spp. Pneumocystis carinii. Toxoplasma gondii - Biology and Pathogenesis. Toxoplasma Gondii - Epidemiology.Trichomonas Vaginalis. Anisakis spp. Diphllobothrium latum. Echinococcus spp. Enterobius vermicularis. Toxocara canis. Trichinella spp. Swimmer's Itch. Medically Important Parasitic Arthropods (insects, ticks and mites) of the Northern Holarctic Region. Dermatological Manifestations of Parasitic Arthropods. Clinical Presentation and Laboratory Investigations. Clinical Symptoms of Toxoplasmosis - An Overview. Treatment of Toxoplasmosis. Clinical Presentation and Laboratory Investigations of Other Parasites in HIV Infected Individuals. Parasite Infections in Transplant Patients. Laboratory Diagnostics Methods. PCR-based Diagnosis of Toxoplasma gondii infections - Experience From a Low-prevalence Area. Isolation of Toxoplasma gondii. Serology - Taxoplasma gondii. Serology - Other Parasites. Parasite Detection. DNA Detection. Historical Review.