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a long, thread-like worm usually found in Africa. It commonly infects wild and domestic animals and occasionally invades the bloodstream of humans, causing a rash, muscle and joint pains, various neurologic disorders, and nodules in the subcutaneous tissues. The larvae are also found in the cerebrospinal fluid of affected patients.
Acanthocheilonema perstans(a-kan?tho-ki?lo-ne'ma per'stanz?)
The former name for the filarian species now known as Mansonella perstans.See: Mansonella perstans.