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Trichinella, hyena and humans

James Mahaffy mahaffy at mtcnet.net
Wed Mar 22 20:37:35 EST 2000


In preparing for a lecture in Zoology, I mentioned that there was an
Torrid or tropical Trichinella that is found in the hyena and some other
carnivores in Africa. I got this information from the latest edition of
Schmidt and Roberts who on their illustration cite ingestion by humans
as a possible means of infection.  

However, I grew up in Africa (Eritrea) and never heard of hyena's being
eaten.  Can anyone tell me more about this life cycle and how it can be
transmitted to human.  About the only place I found some mention of this
(T8) strain was in a couple of medline articles. From one of those it
appeared that humans are not often infected and another indicated (all I
read was abstracts) that native livestock did not carry it (as I

Don't do much work, this is only to respond to my class - but if you
know a bit more about the life cycle of the Trichinella that is found in
hyenas and how if gets into humans I would appreciate any response.  

I will pass your responses on to my Zoology class unless you object. 

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