a nematode parasite of rats and other rodents in Central America, found to infect humans, in whom they locate in the mesenteric arteries; infective third-stage larvae have been found in the slug Vaginulus plebeius.
Synonym(s): Morerastrongylus costaricensis
Angiostrongylus costaricensisA filiform intestinal nematode endemic to Central and South America, which is found primarily in snails and veronicellid slugs (the obligate intermediate hosts) and in its definitive hosts, rodents (Sigmodon hispidus, Rattus rattus, et al.); humans are accidental hosts when larvae are ingested, resulting in abdominal angiostrongylosis.
a genus of worms of the family Angiostrongylidae.
the rat lungworm which may cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans and other species including dogs.
parasitizes the blood vessels of the alimentary tract of wild rodents and may infect humans causing eosinophilic granulomas in the intestine.
a rat lungworm which may also cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans.
the 'lungworm' of dogs; occurs in the pulmonary artery and right ventricle of dogs and foxes. Pulmonary emphysema and fibrosis may be accompanied by congestive heart failure.