Interactions between natural populations of human and rodent schistosomes in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya: a molecular epidemiological approach.

TitleInteractions between natural populations of human and rodent schistosomes in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya: a molecular epidemiological approach.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSteinauer ML, Mwangi IN, Maina GM, Kinuthia JM, Mutuku MW, Agola EL, Mungai B, Mkoji GM, Loker ES
JournalPLoS neglected tropical diseases
Volume2
Issue4
Paginatione222
Date Published2008
ISSN1935-2735
KeywordsAnimals, DNA, Mitochondrial, Female, Genotype, Humans, Kenya, Male, Mice, Microsatellite Repeats, Molecular Epidemiology, Molecular Sequence Data, Phylogeny, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Schistosoma, Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosomiasis, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Snails
Abstract

Schistosoma mansoni exists in a complex environmental milieu that may select for significant evolutionary changes in this species. In Kenya, the sympatric distribution of S. mansoni with S. rodhaini potentially influences the epidemiology, ecology, and evolutionary biology of both species, because they infect the same species of snail and mammalian hosts and are capable of hybridization.

Alternate JournalPLoS Negl Trop Dis