Schisto in Aquariums?
jay.hemdal at toledozoo.org
Mon Feb 16 03:46:09 EST 1998
This a forwarded message from Jay Hemdal from The Toledo Zoo Aquarium.
I will forward to him answers which will be sent to the net.
This afternoon, one of my aquarists was diving in an 8000 gallon tropical
freshwater exhibit here when she felt something "pierce" her arm. Looking
down, she saw a "tadpole - like" organism about 2mm long (my estimate)
trying to burrow into her skin. She scraped it away (she thinks). Could
this have been a schistosome? My entire staff has dived in that tank at
one time or another - should everyone be tested? Is there any way to
qualitatively test a sample of water for schistosomes - e.g. filtering a
volume of water and then looking under a microscope?
Please Email me with any advice as I am not a member of this list.
Thanks in advance,
The Toledo Zoo Aquarium
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