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Chapter 64 : Introduction

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This is the introductory chapter to the section . Parasitic diseases are historically defined as infectious illnesses caused by unicellular protozoa or multicellular helminths distinct from viral, bacterial, or fungal etiologic agents. Parasites encompass a heterogeneous group of organisms with extremely diverse biologies. Protozoa are usually a few micrometers in size, whereas worms are typically centimeters to meters in length. Tissue-dwelling protozoa are often intracellular parasites. Both protozoan and helminth pathogens have complex life cycles, often with two or more developmental stages present in the host during infection. Immune responses directed against a single stage may be circumvented by parasite differentiation. The diagnosis of mycotic infections cannot always be definitively addressed by culture or histology.

Citation: Nutman T. 2006. Introduction, p 555-556. In Detrick B, Hamilton R, Folds J (ed), Manual of Molecular and Clinical Laboratory Immunology, 7th Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815905.ch64

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Phylogenetic dendrogram of selected pathogenic fungi and parasites based on 16S/18S ribosomal sequences.

Citation: Nutman T. 2006. Introduction, p 555-556. In Detrick B, Hamilton R, Folds J (ed), Manual of Molecular and Clinical Laboratory Immunology, 7th Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815905.ch64
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