Larva Migrans, Cutaneous (see also Gnathostomiasis)

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Animals Involved

Cats, dogs, wild carnivores are definitive hosts

Known Distributions

Worldwide; distribution varies with the species

Probable Means of Spreading

Contact with infective larvae that penetrate skin, usually via soil

Clinical Manifestations in People

Itchy, serpiginous, migrating skin lesions; papules, nonspecific dermatitis, vesicles; wheezing, cough, and urticaria may occur; myositis or ocular lesions possible; eosinophilic enteritis after ingestion of A caninum; A ceylanicum can also become patent in intestine, causing GI signs, anemia

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