Dirofilariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Animals Involved

Dogs, cats, other mammals especially carnivores, mustelids, primates are definitive hosts (mainly patent
in dogs and wild canids); mosquitoes are intermediate hosts

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Bite of infected mosquitoes

Clinical Manifestations in People

Fever, cough acutely, larvae result in infarct or coin lesion in the lungs; often asymptomatic; rarely involves eye or other body sites

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See Also:

Filariasis (caused by other Brugia species)

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Malayan Filariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)