Experiments on the possible role of leeches as vectors of animal and human pathogens: a light and electron microscopy study

@article{Nehili2006ExperimentsOT,
  title={Experiments on the possible role of leeches as vectors of animal and human pathogens: a light and electron microscopy study},
  author={Malika Nehili and Christoph Ilk and H. Mehlhorn and K. Ruhnau and W. Dick and M. Njayou},
  journal={Parasitology Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={80},
  pages={277-290}
}
The presence and survival of pathogens inside the gut of leeches were studied by means of light and electron microscopy. In African leeches from Cameroon, blood was serologically positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B; blood ofHirudo medicinalis bought in German pharmacies contained up to 11 different species of bacteria. In experiments done at low (3°C) and high (22°, 32°C) temperatures, it was shown that ingested red and white blood cells survive for long periods. The… Expand
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