With elimination of trachoma as a public health problem targeted for 2020, it is timely to reflect on the progress made so far and highlight the recent global success stories.
Ectoparasites are of particular importance to endangered wildlife. Following on from their paper published in Parasites & Vectors, Annette Klein and Christina Strube discuss with us their research on the ectoparasites of endangered mouse lemurs in Madagascar.
Sticklebacks infected with tapeworms are known to show risky behaviour and swim to the water surface. Not shown before, is that uninfected sticklebacks also show this behaviour when other shoal members are infected.
Krisztian Magori shares his preliminary analysis of the potential distribution of the longhorned tick in North America and the United States, based on extrapolating a simple rule-based climate envelope model developed for New Zealand.
Larval stages of some flukes produce a soldier caste that helps to protect the colony if another species of fluke invades their snail host. New work shows this to be more common than was previously thought.