Comparative analysis of time-based and quadrat sampling in seasonal population dynamics of intermediate hosts of human schistosomes

Francisco Javier Perez-Saez, Theophile Mande, Dramane Zongo & Andrea Rinaldo
Background Despite their importance for designing and evaluating schistosomiasis control trials, little attention in the literature has been dedicated to sampling protocols for the parasite's snail intermediate hosts since their first development. We propose a comparative analysis of time-based and quadrat sampling protocols to quantify the seasonal variations in the abundance of these aquatic snail species of medical importance. Methodology/Principal Findings Snail populations were monitored during 42 consecutive months in three types of habitats (ephemeral...
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