Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites

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Course dates: 5 days in July

This is a practical course with the emphasis on the identification of gut parasites by microscopy and includes methods for preparation of samples and an evaluation of commercially available kits. The use of staining methods for the identification of gut protozoa will also be considered.
Practicals will be supported by appropriate lectures including lectures on the differentiation of Entamoeba histolytica from the morphologically identical E.dispar and the current thinking on the pathogenicity of Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis.
Parasites associated with HIV and other immunosuppressive disorders will also be included, as will the isolation and identification of the facultative parasites Acanthamoeba and Naegleria. One morning will be devoted to the processing and identification of malaria.

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Global health
Public health
Biology