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Effect of other trichostrongylid
species on the host
• Mucus browsers essentially induce the host to try
to get rid of them
• The host then redirects protein metabolism to the
gut to produce more cells, more mucus and
antibodies and other immune mediators to fight
off the infection, not necessarily effectively
• Has a dramatic effect on the protein metabolism
• Wormy sheep look like starved goats/sheep
• Slightly wormy goats/sheep don’t grow as well as
uninfected sheep