Spatial and seasonal factors are key determinants in the aggregation of helminths in their definitive hosts: Pseudamphistomum truncatum in otters (Lutra lutra).

@article{SherrardSmith2015SpatialAS,
  title={Spatial and seasonal factors are key determinants in the aggregation of helminths in their definitive hosts: Pseudamphistomum truncatum in otters (Lutra lutra).},
  author={Ellie Sherrard-Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Perkins and Elizabeth Anna Chadwick and Joanne Cable},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2015},
  volume={45 1},
  pages={75-83}
}
Parasites are typically aggregated within their host populations. The most heavily infected hosts are frequently cited as targets for optimal disease control. Yet a heavily infected individual is not necessarily highly infective and does not automatically contribute a higher proportion of infective parasitic stages than a host with fewer parasites. Here, Pseudamphistomum truncatum (Opisthorchiida) parasitic infection within the definitive otter host (Lutra lutra) is used as a model system. The… CONTINUE READING
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