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Tanzania Journal of Health Research
Health User's Trust Fund (HRUTF)
ISSN: 1821-6404
Vol. 14, No. 1, 2012, pp. 1-3
Bioline Code: th12001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Letter to the Editor
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Tanzania Journal of Health Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2012, pp. 1-3

 en Mono-parasite infection versus co-infections in Tanzania: the need to revise our research focus


Parasitic infectious agents in endemic African countries including Tanzania rarely occurs in isolation and co-infections within a single host in populations are norms rather than exceptions (Brooker et al., 2007; Mazigo et al., 2010a; Mboera et al., 2011). Coinfection refers to a situation in which an individual harbours two or more infections from different species simultaneously, where as mono-infection refers to a situation in which an individual harbours only one infection from a single species (Brooker et al., 2007). Several factors determines the wide geographical distributions of helminth and protozoan parasites and they include climate, environment, socio-economic status, human behaviour and host-specific factors such as genetics, host physiology, host immunological status and population dynamics (Mwangi et al., 2007).

Schistosoma mansoni

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