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Human thelaziasis, Europe.

Otranto D, Dutto M - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2008)

Bottom Line: Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm is a nematode transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores in Europe.It has also been reported in the Far East in humans.We report T. callipaeda infection in 4 human patients in Italy and France.

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Affiliation: University of Bari, Bari, Italy. d.otranto@veterinaria.uniba.it

ABSTRACT
Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm is a nematode transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores in Europe. It has also been reported in the Far East in humans. We report T. callipaeda infection in 4 human patients in Italy and France.

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Massive Thelazia callipaeda eye infection in a dog.
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Figure 1: Massive Thelazia callipaeda eye infection in a dog.

Mentions: Ocular infection of carnivores by T. callipaeda has been reported in France (9). This infection is also common in dogs (Figure 1) and cats in Italy (10). Imported carnivore cases of thelaziasis have also been reported in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland (11). The number of case reports of human thelaziasis has increased in several areas of Asia (3), where it occurs predominantly in rural communities with poor living and socioeconomic standards and mainly affects the elderly and children. In spite of increasing reports of T. callipaeda infection in carnivores in different European countries, no human cases have been described. Thus, infection with this eyeworm is unknown to most physicians and ophthalmologists.


Human thelaziasis, Europe.

Otranto D, Dutto M - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2008)

Massive Thelazia callipaeda eye infection in a dog.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2570937&req=5

Figure 1: Massive Thelazia callipaeda eye infection in a dog.
Mentions: Ocular infection of carnivores by T. callipaeda has been reported in France (9). This infection is also common in dogs (Figure 1) and cats in Italy (10). Imported carnivore cases of thelaziasis have also been reported in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland (11). The number of case reports of human thelaziasis has increased in several areas of Asia (3), where it occurs predominantly in rural communities with poor living and socioeconomic standards and mainly affects the elderly and children. In spite of increasing reports of T. callipaeda infection in carnivores in different European countries, no human cases have been described. Thus, infection with this eyeworm is unknown to most physicians and ophthalmologists.

Bottom Line: Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm is a nematode transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores in Europe.It has also been reported in the Far East in humans.We report T. callipaeda infection in 4 human patients in Italy and France.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Bari, Bari, Italy. d.otranto@veterinaria.uniba.it

ABSTRACT
Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm is a nematode transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores in Europe. It has also been reported in the Far East in humans. We report T. callipaeda infection in 4 human patients in Italy and France.

Show MeSH
Related in: MedlinePlus