South African Medical Journal

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The parasitic diseases of man in Africa

Michael Gelfand


In opening the discussion on parasitic diseases of man in Africa I intend to adopt a broad definition of what are parasitic diseases by including not only those caused by protozoan and helminthic parasites but also other diseases in which the mechanism of transmission to man involves an intermediate host.
Broadly speaking the clinician practising in tropical Africa may divide parasitic diseases into 2 groups, the first composed of those which are more or less widely distributed and the second those with a focal distribution.

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