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      Susceptibility of freshwater snails to the amphistome Calicophoron microbothrium and the influence of the species on susceptibility of Bulinus tropicus to Schistosoma haematobium and Schistosoma mattheei infections.

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          The susceptibility of Bulinus tropicus, B. globosus, Biomphalana pfeifferi, Lymnaea natalensis, and Melanoides tuberculata to Calicophoron microbothrium was examined. Bulinus tropicus had the highest prevalence (65.0%), followed by B. pfeifferi (37.5%), B. globosus (6.8%), and M. tuberculata (5.9%). Lymnaea natalensis was refractory to infection. Bulinus tropicus snails infected with C. microbothrium alone or coinfected with either Schistosoma haematobium or S. mattheei 0, 7, 14, and 21 days after exposure to C. microbothrium produced C. microbothrium cercariae only.

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          Journal
          J. Parasitol.
          The Journal of parasitology
          American Society of Parasitologists
          0022-3395
          0022-3395
          Oct 2002
          : 88
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] University of Zimbabwe, Department of Paraclinical Veterinary Studies, Harare. gchingwena@yahoo.com
          10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[0880:SOFSTT]2.0.CO;2
          12435124

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