The course "general parasitology" discusses the large diversity of parasites that do occur in animals and man. Emphasis is given to the biology and recognition of the different species in farm- and compagnion animals, in addition to the xoonoses where animals play an important role as source of infection for man. In a separate section, a brief overview is given on all the classes of antiparasitic chemotherapeutics.
The biology, morphology and some basic data on pathogenesis and diagnosis are illustrated using the life cycles of the protozoa, trematoda, cestoda, nematoda and arthropod ectoparasites. Epidemiological and clinical aspectes are highlighted as well as some inportant human parasites.
Part-1 Introduction: general terminology
Part-7 Antiparasitic chemotherapeutics
Part-8 Addendum (parasietes per animal species, laboratorium diagnosis)
This course is an essential basis for the couse "parasitic diseases' or 'specific parasitology' in the second cycle(UGent, DGK-1Ma).
During the practical excercises, a number of specimen preparations are identifeid either macroscopically or microscopically.. This way and by using pictural material, the characteristics of the different classes of parasites are explained.
The practical exercises focus on the following themes:
- recognition of specimens of parasites (flatworms, roundworms, insects and protozoa)
- performing a coprological examination using the flottation method
- determination of parasitaemia for malaria on a blood smear.