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Evolutionary ParasitologyThe Integrated Study of Infections, Immunology, Ecology, and Genetics$
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Paul Schmid-Hempel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229482.001.0001

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Parasites and humans

Parasites and humans

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Parasites and humans
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Evolutionary Parasitology
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Paul Schmid-Hempel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229482.003.0001

This chapter begins with the history of how yellow fever came to being and how greatly it affected the population at the time – that in 1883, already some 1,300 men had died from the disease. It moves on from the case of yellow fever to discuss what lessons could be derived from its history. These issues are what will be covered throughout the book, and are listed as follows. The first issue points to the complexity of the parasite life-cycle. The second talks about how not all host and parasite strains are the same, meaning that susceptibility to a given parasite varies. Another issue is the fact that complex physiological and molecular mechanisms underlie the infection. Finally, the last issue that is introduced in the chapter and which will be tackled later on in the book is the notion that parasites can be controlled when we understand them.

Keywords:   yellow fever, parasite life-cycle, parasite strains, molecular mechanisms, parasites

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