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Tracking the vector of Onchocerca lupi in a rural area of Greece.

Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Papadopoulos E, Petrić D, Ćupina AI, Bain O - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2012)

Bottom Line: During a hot Mediterranean summer, an expedition brought parasitologists from Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, and Serbia to a wooded area near Xanthi, Thrace, northeastern Greece, near the Turkish border, on the track of the vector of the little-known nematode Onchocerca lupi.The scientific purposes of the expedition blended then with stories of humans, animals, and parasites in this rural area.

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Affiliation: Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica e Zootecnia, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Bari, Valenzano, Italy. d.otranto@veterinaria.uniba.it

ABSTRACT
During a hot Mediterranean summer, an expedition brought parasitologists from Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, and Serbia to a wooded area near Xanthi, Thrace, northeastern Greece, near the Turkish border, on the track of the vector of the little-known nematode Onchocerca lupi. The scientific purposes of the expedition blended then with stories of humans, animals, and parasites in this rural area.

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Dog with keratitis and uveitis that was found to be positive for Onchocerca lupi nematodes by parasitologic examination.
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Figure 2: Dog with keratitis and uveitis that was found to be positive for Onchocerca lupi nematodes by parasitologic examination.

Mentions: The dog’s owner, a shepherd, arrived at the hotel accompanied by his son and carrying a small, febrile animal. After the clinical check, skin and blood samples were collected and processed within an hour at the makeshift laboratory. The skin sample was positive for O. lupi first-stage larvae, prompting the researchers to immediately visit the farm where the animal lived. It was a roasting hot afternoon (June 24, 2011) when the expedition team reached the rural area close to the village of Komotini to take samples from other dogs living in proximity to the animal with the positive sample. The shepherd’s family seemed pleased to host us and very eager to assist with research activities. The sheep flock was watched over by both father and son. In the same farm, another animal, with visibly impaired eyesight, keratitis, and uveitis, was found positive for O. lupi (Figure 2).This seemed the right time (the only time left) for exposing the collected black flies to feed on the 2 infested dogs in World Health Organization cages (used for insecticide resistance testing). Small glass tubes of entomologic aspirators were used.


Tracking the vector of Onchocerca lupi in a rural area of Greece.

Otranto D, Dantas-Torres F, Papadopoulos E, Petrić D, Ćupina AI, Bain O - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2012)

Dog with keratitis and uveitis that was found to be positive for Onchocerca lupi nematodes by parasitologic examination.
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3376829&req=5

Figure 2: Dog with keratitis and uveitis that was found to be positive for Onchocerca lupi nematodes by parasitologic examination.
Mentions: The dog’s owner, a shepherd, arrived at the hotel accompanied by his son and carrying a small, febrile animal. After the clinical check, skin and blood samples were collected and processed within an hour at the makeshift laboratory. The skin sample was positive for O. lupi first-stage larvae, prompting the researchers to immediately visit the farm where the animal lived. It was a roasting hot afternoon (June 24, 2011) when the expedition team reached the rural area close to the village of Komotini to take samples from other dogs living in proximity to the animal with the positive sample. The shepherd’s family seemed pleased to host us and very eager to assist with research activities. The sheep flock was watched over by both father and son. In the same farm, another animal, with visibly impaired eyesight, keratitis, and uveitis, was found positive for O. lupi (Figure 2).This seemed the right time (the only time left) for exposing the collected black flies to feed on the 2 infested dogs in World Health Organization cages (used for insecticide resistance testing). Small glass tubes of entomologic aspirators were used.

Bottom Line: During a hot Mediterranean summer, an expedition brought parasitologists from Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, and Serbia to a wooded area near Xanthi, Thrace, northeastern Greece, near the Turkish border, on the track of the vector of the little-known nematode Onchocerca lupi.The scientific purposes of the expedition blended then with stories of humans, animals, and parasites in this rural area.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica e Zootecnia, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Bari, Valenzano, Italy. d.otranto@veterinaria.uniba.it

ABSTRACT
During a hot Mediterranean summer, an expedition brought parasitologists from Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, and Serbia to a wooded area near Xanthi, Thrace, northeastern Greece, near the Turkish border, on the track of the vector of the little-known nematode Onchocerca lupi. The scientific purposes of the expedition blended then with stories of humans, animals, and parasites in this rural area.

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Related in: MedlinePlus