Pentastomid infections

Arthropod Diseases

Animals Involved

Definitive hosts are snakes; intermediate hosts are rodents and other wild animals

Known Distributions

Africa, Asia

Probable Means of Spreading

Ingestion, via water or vegetables contaminated with eggs (from feces or saliva of snakes); undercooked snake meat; contaminated hands, fomites after handling snake meat

Clinical Manifestations in People

Usually asymptomatic; large numbers of parasites can cause multifocal abscesses, masses, or obstruction of ducts in internal organs; symptoms vary with location; death rare

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