Parasitic diseases constitute a big problem of ill health in both the tropics and subtropics as well as in more temperate climates and have been targeted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as priorities for public health in the USA. Parasitic infections can be caused by three types of organisms: protozoa, helminths and ectoparasites. They subsist on the host’s nutrients at the host’s expense. Effectively combating infections caused by parasites is essential for the survival of the organism. In this effort, cells and molecules of the immune system are susceptible to the modulating influence of fatty acids. The primary purpose of this chapter is to present a critical review of the multiple effects of fish-oil on Trypanosoma infection.
Part of the book: Biology of Trypanosoma cruzi