might be interesting to note specific lab values, such as eosinophils, lymphocytes and neutrophils. In a chronic infection you may find a paradoxically normal to LOW (most common) eosinophils (contrary to poular beliefs by current main stream medicine) ... you may also note an elevated neutrophil count ... maybe due to increased recruitment secondary to reduced eosinophil response????? As well lymphocytes may be observed declining. Folks this is IMPORTANT, as we are now discussing the immunological fitness of your immune system to not only resist but also fight parasitic infections. In some infections the level of eosinophils is deemed a prognostic factor in the treatment of the disease; in other words.... meds can only do so much, its largely up to the immune system to keep these infections at bay. In children these defenses are not yet mature enough and may result in severe infections, but as adults, they should be sufficient to control an infection from over taking the host. The tide turns, however; with the level of the parasite burden, as this is, in and of itself a determining factor in the immmunological defense. The higher the level the infection the more suppressed the immune response; bacically a viscious cycle. Also, one parasite may lower the defenses acrossthe board for OTHER parasites to invade due to the compromised defense.