Aelurostrongylus

Aelurostrongylus

(ē'lūr-ō-stron'ji-lŭs),
A common genus of lungworm in cats; land snails and slugs serve as intermediate hosts and snail-eating animals can serve as transport hosts.
[G. ailuros, cat, + Mod. L., fr. G. strongylus, round]
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decollata is host to several parasitic nematodes like Toxocara cati Schrank, 1788, which may parasitize human beings (CARDILLO et al., 2016), as well as Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898), which affects the respiratory system of cats (CARDILLO et al., 2014).
It can be also a potential both an intermediate and paratenic host of some parasites of wild animals species of Aelurostrongylus Cameron, 1927 (Thiengo et al., 2008; Oliveira et al., 2010) could parasite lung both domestic and wild cats (Ribeiro and Lima, 2001), Rhabditis Dujardin, 1845, that lodge in the external auditory canal of cattle, causing otitis (Martins Junior, 1985; Campos et al., 2002; Thiengo, 2009; Barbosa et al., 2016) and Strongyluris Mueller, 1894, which are intestinal parasites mainly found in lizards (Kohn et al., 1973; Vicente et al., 1993; Rocha and Vrcibradic, 2003).
Occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898) larvae (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) infecting Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) in the Amazon region.
The feline lungworm, Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet), was reported from 2 cats from the same household at MCAS Iwakuni.
The next most prevalent was Giardia species cysts at 8.9 percent, followed by Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (the cat lungworm) at 62 percent
Causes of pneumonia are numerous and can include viral (canine distemper virus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and calicivirus), bacterial (Bordetella), parasitological (filaroides and aelurostrongylus) or fungal infections, aspiration of ingesta/foreign bodies, neoplasia, contusion, and chemical insult (inhaled).
For instance, the cats that died of HPAI virus (H5N1) infection in Germany were all infected with Aelurostrongylus spp., and pulmonary aelurostrongylosis was considered to have contributed to the severity of the disease in these animals (16).
For all of the trouble it can cause, the lungworm (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus) is a tiny creature.