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Thirty-Seven Human Cases of Sparganosis from Ethiopia and South Sudan Caused by Spirometra Spp.

Eberhard ML, Thiele EA, Yembo GE, Yibi MS, Cama VA, Ruiz-Tiben E - Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. (2015)

Bottom Line: All 37 specimens were identified on microscopic study as larval tapeworms of the spargana type, and DNA sequence analysis of seven confirmed the identification of Spirometra sp.Age of cases ranged between 7 and 70 years (mean 25 years); 21 (57%) patients were male and 16 were female.The presence of spargana in open skin lesions is somewhat atypical, but does confirm the fact that populations living in these remote areas are either ingesting infected copepods in unsafe drinking water or, more likely, eating poorly cooked paratenic hosts harboring the parasite.

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Affiliation: Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Ethiopia Dracunculiasis Eradication Program, Federal Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Ministry of Health, Juba, Republic of South Sudan; The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia mle1@cdc.gov.

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Gross image of three different pieces of spargana that were submitted illustrating the range in size and shape of recovered material.
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Figure 4: Gross image of three different pieces of spargana that were submitted illustrating the range in size and shape of recovered material.

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Thirty-Seven Human Cases of Sparganosis from Ethiopia and South Sudan Caused by Spirometra Spp.

Eberhard ML, Thiele EA, Yembo GE, Yibi MS, Cama VA, Ruiz-Tiben E - Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. (2015)

Gross image of three different pieces of spargana that were submitted illustrating the range in size and shape of recovered material.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 4: Gross image of three different pieces of spargana that were submitted illustrating the range in size and shape of recovered material.
Mentions: Gross image of entire spargana. Higher magnification showing rudimentary bothrium is shown in inset.

Bottom Line: All 37 specimens were identified on microscopic study as larval tapeworms of the spargana type, and DNA sequence analysis of seven confirmed the identification of Spirometra sp.Age of cases ranged between 7 and 70 years (mean 25 years); 21 (57%) patients were male and 16 were female.The presence of spargana in open skin lesions is somewhat atypical, but does confirm the fact that populations living in these remote areas are either ingesting infected copepods in unsafe drinking water or, more likely, eating poorly cooked paratenic hosts harboring the parasite.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Ethiopia Dracunculiasis Eradication Program, Federal Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Ministry of Health, Juba, Republic of South Sudan; The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia mle1@cdc.gov.

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