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High prevalence of Schistosoma japonicum infection in Carabao from Samar Province, the Philippines: implications for transmission and control

Gordon, Catherine A.; Acosta, Luz P.; Gray, Darren J.; Olveda, Remigo M.; Jarilla, Blanca; Gobert, Geoffrey N.; Ross, Allen G.; McManus, Donald P.


Schistosoma japonicum is endemic in the Philippines, China and Indonesia, and infects more than 40 mammalian host species, all of which can act as reservoirs of infection. In China, water buffaloes have been shown to be major reservoirs of human infection. However, in the Philippines, carabao have not been considered important reservoir hosts for S. japonicum due to the low prevalence and infection intensities reported, the only exception being a qPCR-based study indicating 51% of carabao were...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012-09-20
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001778


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