In August-Spetember of 2012
Jefferson Vaughan, Stephen Greiman and I went to Laos to collect
digeneans as a part of our project on Neorickettsia funded
by the NIH. We flew to Vientiane with stops in Tokyo and Bangkok.
In Vientiane we were hosted by the diagnostics laboratory built
by the Oxford University. Dr. Paul Newton and Dr. Sabine Dittrich
have provided us with the space and all necessary facilities in
the lab as well as invaluable advise and logistic support that allowed
us to do work efficiently almost immediately after arriving to the
country that no one of us visited before. Moreover, both Sabine
and Paul have generously allowed us to explore the water bodies
in their backyards (a lotos pond and the Mekong River shore) for
snails. We had a great market and field collecting time, examined
large number of snails for cercariae and fish for metcercariae.
As we did our work we saw various landscapes and beautiful buddist
temples. It was a great start of our work in Laos.