Reservoir Donors

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As hookworm and whipworm are living biological organisms, they must be maintained in reservoir donors. Donors could he humans or golden hamsters. Donors should be tested for potential serious illness to prevent the inadvertent spread of other diseases or organisms along with hookworm.

The medical literature does not contain examples of hookworm carrying other infections, but of course this possibility exists and can not be ruled out completely.

Two current providers of hookworm test for HIV, and Hepatitis A, B & C.

FDA list of tests for tissue transplants.

They FDA apparently tests for: Hep B, Hep C, HIV 1+2, Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus Types I & II, T. cruzi (Chagas Disease), West Nile Virus, Chlamydia trachomatis, N. gonorrhea, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Treponema pallidum (Syphilis).

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