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Human angiostrongyliasis.
Lancet Infect Dis 2008; 8(10):621-30LI

Abstract

Human angiostrongyliasis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a rat lungworm, has been reported globally. Human infections are acquired by ingestion of raw or undercooked snails or slugs, paratenic hosts such as prawns, or contaminated vegetables that contain the infective larvae of the worm. So far, at least 2827 cases of the disease have been documented worldwide. During the past few years, several outbreaks of human angiostrongyliasis have been reported in mainland China, Taiwan, and the USA. Additionally, sporadic cases in travellers who have returned from endemic areas have been reported. We review the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of human angiostrongyliasis, and describe the geographical distribution and prevalence of A cantonensis. Educating the public about the dangers of eating raw or undercooked intermediate and paratenic hosts in endemic areas is essential for the prevention and control of this foodborne zoonotic disease.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Parasitic Organisms, State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18922484

Citation

Wang, Qiao-Ping, et al. "Human Angiostrongyliasis." The Lancet. Infectious Diseases, vol. 8, no. 10, 2008, pp. 621-30.
Wang QP, Lai DH, Zhu XQ, et al. Human angiostrongyliasis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2008;8(10):621-30.
Wang, Q. P., Lai, D. H., Zhu, X. Q., Chen, X. G., & Lun, Z. R. (2008). Human angiostrongyliasis. The Lancet. Infectious Diseases, 8(10), pp. 621-30. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(08)70229-9.
Wang QP, et al. Human Angiostrongyliasis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2008;8(10):621-30. PubMed PMID: 18922484.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Human angiostrongyliasis. AU - Wang,Qiao-Ping, AU - Lai,De-Hua, AU - Zhu,Xing-Quan, AU - Chen,Xiao-Guang, AU - Lun,Zhao-Rong, PY - 2008/10/17/pubmed PY - 2008/11/7/medline PY - 2008/10/17/entrez SP - 621 EP - 30 JF - The Lancet. Infectious diseases JO - Lancet Infect Dis VL - 8 IS - 10 N2 - Human angiostrongyliasis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a rat lungworm, has been reported globally. Human infections are acquired by ingestion of raw or undercooked snails or slugs, paratenic hosts such as prawns, or contaminated vegetables that contain the infective larvae of the worm. So far, at least 2827 cases of the disease have been documented worldwide. During the past few years, several outbreaks of human angiostrongyliasis have been reported in mainland China, Taiwan, and the USA. Additionally, sporadic cases in travellers who have returned from endemic areas have been reported. We review the clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of human angiostrongyliasis, and describe the geographical distribution and prevalence of A cantonensis. Educating the public about the dangers of eating raw or undercooked intermediate and paratenic hosts in endemic areas is essential for the prevention and control of this foodborne zoonotic disease. SN - 1473-3099 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18922484/full_citation L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1473-3099(08)70229-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -