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Prevalence of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Moyen Chari district, south of Chad.
Trop Doct. 2007 Jul; 37(3):175-7.TD

Abstract

Filarial parasites infect an estimated 140 million people worldwide. Wuchereria bancrofti, Onchocerca volvulus, Loa loa and Mansonella perstans are responsible for most filarial infections in sub-Saharan Africa. We describe the prevalence and the clinical characteristics of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Goundi Sanitary district:167 patients were enrolled (99 men, 68 women). M. perstans microfilariae were isolated in peripheral blood in 164 cases, while Loa loa and Wuchereria bancrofti filariasis were diagnosed in only six and three cases, respectively. The most frequent filariasis observed in our study were due to M. perstans and L. loa, while the few cases of W. bancrofti filariasis seem to have been acquired abroad. No cases of O. volvulus were observed. Microfilarial burden was not related to symptoms, but a correlation between eosinophilia and pruritus was evident. No relationship was observed between eosinophils and symptoms. The prevalence observed in symptomatic patients could reflect the real prevalence of filariasis.

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Emergency Medicine Division, Ospedale Maggiore IRCCS, Milan, Italy. rino_bregani@yahoo.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17716512

Citation

Bregani, Enrico Rino, et al. "Prevalence of Filariasis in Symptomatic Patients in Moyen Chari District, South of Chad." Tropical Doctor, vol. 37, no. 3, 2007, pp. 175-7.
Bregani ER, Balzarini L, Mbaïdoum N, et al. Prevalence of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Moyen Chari district, south of Chad. Trop Doct. 2007;37(3):175-7.
Bregani, E. R., Balzarini, L., Mbaïdoum, N., & Rovellini, A. (2007). Prevalence of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Moyen Chari district, south of Chad. Tropical Doctor, 37(3), 175-7.
Bregani ER, et al. Prevalence of Filariasis in Symptomatic Patients in Moyen Chari District, South of Chad. Trop Doct. 2007;37(3):175-7. PubMed PMID: 17716512.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Moyen Chari district, south of Chad. AU - Bregani,Enrico Rino, AU - Balzarini,Laura, AU - Mbaïdoum,Narassem, AU - Rovellini,Angelo, PY - 2007/8/25/pubmed PY - 2007/10/16/medline PY - 2007/8/25/entrez SP - 175 EP - 7 JF - Tropical doctor JO - Trop Doct VL - 37 IS - 3 N2 - Filarial parasites infect an estimated 140 million people worldwide. Wuchereria bancrofti, Onchocerca volvulus, Loa loa and Mansonella perstans are responsible for most filarial infections in sub-Saharan Africa. We describe the prevalence and the clinical characteristics of filariasis in symptomatic patients in Goundi Sanitary district:167 patients were enrolled (99 men, 68 women). M. perstans microfilariae were isolated in peripheral blood in 164 cases, while Loa loa and Wuchereria bancrofti filariasis were diagnosed in only six and three cases, respectively. The most frequent filariasis observed in our study were due to M. perstans and L. loa, while the few cases of W. bancrofti filariasis seem to have been acquired abroad. No cases of O. volvulus were observed. Microfilarial burden was not related to symptoms, but a correlation between eosinophilia and pruritus was evident. No relationship was observed between eosinophils and symptoms. The prevalence observed in symptomatic patients could reflect the real prevalence of filariasis. SN - 0049-4755 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17716512/Prevalence_of_filariasis_in_symptomatic_patients_in_Moyen_Chari_district_south_of_Chad_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1258/004947507781524629?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -