Tropical Parasitology

: 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69--70

Parasitology in the times of COVID-19

Subhash Chandra Parija 
 Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry, India

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Subhash Chandra Parija
Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry

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It is extremely gratifying to bring out this issue of the Journal in spite of the heightened responsibilities and commitments of everyone connected with this issue ranging from authors and reviewers to the production team, due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. However, even with our best efforts and intentions, the publication of this issue has got delayed.

The Puducherry Declaration on Amebiasis has been formulated and declared by eminent parasitologists from across India and features in the symposium section.[1] It is a landmark document concerning this important parasite with worldwide distribution and will be extremely helpful for everyone in the field of parasitology.

In this edition of the Journal, we have eleven original articles. Two of these articles[2],[3] deal with parasitic infections in school-going children which is an extremely common problem encountered in India and other developing countries. Malaria continues to be a constant challenge in tropical countries, and another three articles mention the complications of the disease, namely multiorgan dysfunction,[4] thrombocytopenia,[5] and placental malaria.[6] Another article describes the prevalence of malaria and filaria coinfection in the studied population.[7] The study on canine intestinal parasitic infection and soil contamination by Toxocara in Sri Lanka[8] highlights the importance of One Health concept, particularly environmental sampling in zoonotic diseases, which very often remains a neglected entity. As per textbook information, rhinosporidiosis in India is confined to the coastal areas of South India. However, in one article, its presence in Central India, away from the seas, has been described.[9] The prevalence of trichomoniasis in Delhi and the comparison of various diagnostic techniques are the subject of the study in one article.[10] The study on one method for mosquito control[11] has got public health importance, and one article concerns the ectoparasite and describes the molecular identification and phylogeny of Demodex mites.[12]

Two dispatches describe myiasis; one in the female genital region[13] and another of the eye.[14] The description of a case of Naegleria fowleri central nervous system infection with favorable outcome[15] features in one dispatch, while another one describes a case of dipylidiosis.[16] There is a report which deals with echinococcosis in lungs.[17] Another dispatch deals with the treatment modalities of a difficult case of neurocysticercal encephalitis.[18] The letter to the editor deals with the pediculocidal activity of certain essential oils.[19] In the face-to-face[20] feature, we present the e-mail interview with Prof. David Blair from Australia who has done pioneering work on paragonimiasis.

The readers will notice the absence of the feature of Forthcoming Events. This has been intentionally not included since most of the conference dates are in a state of flux due to the ongoing pandemic, and many of the previously announced conferences have either been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. We shall be including the confirmed 2021 conferences in the next issue.

We hope that the readers will have a satisfying reading of many of the articles of their interest.


1Parija SC, Sehgal R, Ghoshal U, Khurana S, Khanna V, Chanda DD, et al. Pondicherry declaration on the identification and detection of Entamoeba histolytica 2019. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:71-3.
2Rajan XC, Sivamani M, Appalaraju B. Prevalence and the factors influencing soil-transmitted helminths among school age children (5–14 years age) in a rural area of Coimbatore district. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:74-8.
3Teja SS, Swarna SR, Jeyakumari D, Kanna V. A study on intestinal parasitic infections among school children in Karaikal. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:79-84.
4Bhutani A, Kaushik RM, Kaushik R. A study on multi-organ dysfunction syndrome in malaria using sequential organ failure assessment score. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:86-94.
5Bansal Y, Maurya V, Aggarwal N, Tak V, Nag VL, Purohit A, et al. Thrombocytopenia in malaria patients from an arid region of Western Rajasthan (India). Trop Parasitol 2020;10:95-101.
6Toure OA, Konan CB, Kouame VN, Gbessi EA, Soumahoro A, Bassinka I, et al. Risk factors for placental malaria and associated low birth weight in a rural high malaria transmission setting of Cote d'Ivoire. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:102-8.
7Acharya A, Rakshit A, Halder S, Chatterjee M, Chakrabarti S, Saha P, et al. Coexistent malaria and filaria among the febrile patients attending for malaria diagnosis: A clinicbased study. Trop Parasitol 2020;10: 109-13.
8Wickramasinghe H, Galgamuwa LS, Iddawela D. Canine intestinal parasitic infections and soil contamination by Toxocara spp. in selected areas of Sri Lanka. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:114-9.
9Gupta RK, Singh BP, Singh BR. Rhinosporidiosis in Central India: A crosssectional study from a tertiary care hospital in Chhattisgarh. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:120-3.
10Singh S, Saha R, Suneja A, Das S. A hospitalbased study on the prevalence of trichomoniasis and evaluation of accuracy of various diagnostic techniques. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:124-9.
11Pahari PR, Mishra NP, Sahoo A, Bhattacharya RP, Bhattacharya T. First record of the mosquito control potentiality of Stigmatogobius sadanundio (F. Hamilton, 1822) Gobiidae, Perciformes in laboratory condition. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:130-5.
12Prasher P, Baghra D, Singh D, Thakur S, Gill NK, Kesavan AK. Molecular identification and phylogenetic relationship of Demodex mites based on mitochondrial 16S rDNA. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:136-41.
13Ashopa V, Verma U, Nareda P, Gupta E, Prakash P. Postpartum genital myiasis – Dermatobia hominis infestation with giant uterine fibroid: A rare case with review of literature. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:142-6.
14Vedpathak M, Chatterjee N, Baradkar V, Shastri J. Ophthalmomyiasis externa: A case report. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:147-9.
15Perumalsamy V, Sundaramoorthy R, Ganesan V, Geni VG. Survival of primary amebic meningoencephalitis by Naegleria fowleri: First reported case from Tamil Nadu, South India. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:150-2.
16Meena S, Singh A, Kumar VP, Gupta R, Gupta P. Dipylidium caninum: First case in an adult female from Uttarakhand and review of literature. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:153-7.
17Bankar S, Tokbipi PR, Ranwadkar I, Shastri JS. Pulmonary cystic echinococcosis: A case report from tertiary care hospital. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:158-62.
18Ghosal A, Bhattacharya K, Shobhana A, Saraff R. Nightmares with a starry sky – Treating neurocysticercal encephalitis, how far to go. Trop Parasitol 2020;163-4.
19Candy K, Akhoundi M, Izri A. Pediculicidal activity assessment of four essential oil terpenoids using filter contact and immersion bioassays. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:165-7.
20Blair D. Changing face of paragonimiasis. Trop Parasitol 2020;10:168-71.