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Technique to detect schistosome cercariae in natural water through exposure of sentinel hamsters

, : Technique to detect schistosome cercariae in natural water through exposure of sentinel hamsters. Journal of Parasitology 73(2): 452-454

A hamster exposure cage made from aluminium discs, polyvinyl acetate piping and expanded polystyrene floats is described. The caged hamster can paddle in shallow water and cause the cylindrical cage to rotate, thus exposing the hamster more efficiently to the cercariae. Hamsters in cages were exposed at 12 human water contact sites in Zimbabwe for 2 h/day on consecutive or alternate days for a total of 6 h. 14 weeks after exposure the hamsters were perfused and adult worms were recovered.


PMID: 3108483

DOI: 10.2307/3282118

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