Introduction and History
Trichostrongyliasis - Introduction
Trichostrongylus axei - adult male. From the New Zealand Merial website.
The Trichostrongylus parasite has at least 32 species, most of which are found predominately in animals. However, at least 8 have been reported in humans who are incidental hosts. Its greatest effect on man occurs through the livestock industry. By infecting various grazing ruminants, this parasite causes significant economic loss and considerable economic effort is put into controlling it.
Synonyms: Trichostrongylus, Trichostrongylosis
History of Discovery: The history of this parasite and its interactions with man is closely tied to man's interactions with animals. Humans are only incidental hosts, however, the parasite has long been a negative factor in the survival and economic benefits of the animals humans rely on to survive.