Control of Protozoan Parasites

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Chapter: Pharmaceutical Microbiology : Protozoa

It is now clear that the best approach for the successful control of parasites requires the integration of a number of methods which draw upon our increasing understanding of the parasites’ life cycle, epidemiology and host response to infection.


CONTROL OF PROTOZOAN PARASITES

 

It is now clear that the best approach for the successful control of parasites requires the integration of a number of methods which draw upon our increasing understanding of the parasites’ life cycle, epidemiology and host response to infection.

 

Chemotherapy

 

The origins of chemotherapy are closely linked to the development of antiparasitic agents, but there has been slow progress in the development of new and novel antiprotozoal agents over the past 30 years. Recently, with the support of the WHO and government sponsored research, new antiparasitic drugs are slowly coming into the market. Interestingly there are still a number of protozoan parasite infections such as cryptosporidiosis for which there is no effective treatment.

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