Paragonimus info or samples needed

Mark Walter walter at lifesci.ucsb.edu
Fri Jun 30 19:25:02 EST 2000


Hi there, hope someone out there can help with some info.  We're
currently engaged in a project looking at the Chinese mitten crab,
Eriocheir sinensis, which has been introduced into the San Francisco Bay
and associated watershed.  We need to be able to do some challenge
infections of this crab with the native US fluke, Paragonimus
kellicotti, and of our local crayfish, P.clarkii, with P. westermani,
and thus need to locate a source for infected snails.  We also need to
do challenge infections of snails local to the watershed out here, and
thus also need to locate a source for viable eggs of P. westermani and
P. kellicotti. If anyone is working on these critters, or knows of a
source, or even collecting sites for infected snails, we'd greatly
appreciate any info you could pass our way.

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Mark Walter   805-893-8083
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106
walter at lifesci.ucsb.edu
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