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Basswood Lake (Minn. and Ont.); Swimmer's itch; Lymnaea stagnalis; Parasitic diseases


During the summer of 1965 cases of schistosome dermatitis were reported at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Wilderness Field, Station on Basswood Lake, Minnesota. Collection and isolation of gastropods from the lake revealed an extremely high incidence of Trichobilharzia ocellata infections in Lymnaea stagnalis. A flock of semi-domestic mallard ducks first introduced al the lake in 1963 are believed to be the principal definitive hosts contributing to the epidemiology of the parasite in the area.

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