pentastomid


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pentastomid

(pĕn′tə-stō′mĭd, pĕn-tăs′tə-mĭd)
A blood-sucking parasite that infests the nasal cavity of carnivores; human disease is caused by Armillifer armillatus—usual host, snakes—and Linguatula serrata—usual host, sheep and goats; pentastomiasis is global in distribution; linguliasis or Halzoun’s disease is more common in the Middle East and results from eating poorly-cooked meat; the larvae cause pain, itching, sneezing due to transnasal migration, dysphagia, vomiting and lymphadenopathy; a large bolus of worms may cause fatal obstruction
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Sequence similarities to other pentastomids range from 90.
Humans are usually tolerant to nymphal pentastomid infections, and most patients are asymptomatic (4).
verrucosus (Chabaud and Brygoo, 1960, 1962, 1963; Caballero, 1968), only two pentastomids have been reported from this species.