Malayan Filariasis

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Animals Involved

Cats, wild felids, pangolins, other carnivores, nonhuman primates susceptible

Known Distributions

Asia; subperiodic form limited to peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, and parts of Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines in swamp­forest environments

Probable Means of Spreading

Bite of infected mosquitoes, Mansonia spp mainly associated with subperiodic form

Clinical Manifestations in People

Lymphatic filariasis: recurrent painful lymphadenitis, lymphangitis, often preceded by prodromal illness with malaise or urticaria; may progress to elephantiasis, usually of legs; hypersensitivity syndrome with cough, chest pain, asthmatic attacks especially at night

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Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)

Filariasis (caused by other Brugia species)

Parasitic Diseases, Nematodes (Roundworms)