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Stopping schistosomes from 'monkeying-around' in chimpanzees.

Stothard, J. Russell ORCID:, Mugisha, Lawrence and Standley, Claire J (2012) 'Stopping schistosomes from 'monkeying-around' in chimpanzees.'. Trends in parasitology, Vol 28, Issue 8, pp. 320-326.

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary (NICS) in Lake Victoria, Uganda is currently home to 44 wild-borne, semi-captive chimpanzees. Despite regular veterinary health checks, it only came to light recently that many animals, and sanctuary staff, were naturally infected with Schistosoma mansoni. Indeed, local schistosome transmission appears firmly engrained for intermediate snail hosts can be found along almost the entirety of Ngamba's shoreline. Here, the epidemiology of infection is a dynamic interplay between human and chimpanzee populations, as revealed by genetic analyses of S. mansoni. In this review, our present understanding of this complex and evolving situation is discussed, alongside general disease control activities in Uganda, to highlight future interventions towards stopping schistosome morbidity and transmission within this conservation sanctuary setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pan troglodytes; anthropozoonosis; intestinal schistosomiasis; Lake Victoria, Uganda; Blood fluke
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 353 Trematoda
QX Parasitology > QX 45 Host-parasite relations
WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 710 Diseases of geographic areas
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 695 Parasitic diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
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Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2013 08:36
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 10:03


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