Parasites are often found in a milieu that requires extensive preparation and labor-intensive cleaning before they are suitable for use in analytical procedures. Application of modern techniques in immunology and molecular biology demands pure yields of parasites. To purify first-stage (L1) larvae of Elaphostrongylus cervi, fecal suspensions from an infected red deer were processed by the Baermann method and embedded in a gel matrix with the objective of selectively trapping fecal debris. About half the number (50.9%) of embedded larvae migrated out of the gel within a 24-hr period and were collected as clean parasite suspensions, virtually free from fecal debris. The numbers of L1 emigrating from gels were inversely proportional to the fecal debris content and the thickness of the gel. Removal of fecal debris from Baermann fluid by sieving prior to gel embedment enhanced the yield of pure L1.

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