has been recorded in many countries since the main species indicated as causative agents of human disease, Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Chen, 1935) and Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera and Cespedes (1971) were described.
Between 2007 and 2017, rat lungworm disease (clinically termed angiostrongyliasis
) is the likely cause of a battery of serious neurological problems that afflicted 82 men and women, two of whom eventually died from their illness.
Last year, there were 10 confirmed cases of rat lungworm or Angiostrongyliasis
. So far this year, there have been five such instances confirmed by the CDC.
in Thailand: epidemiology and laboratory investigations.
: an underdiagnosed disease.
Mollusks presence in crops may also raise public health issues since several species can be naturally infected with helminths causing human diseases, such as Angiostrongylus costaricensis (Moreira & Cespedes, 1971), which causes abdominal angiostrongyliasis
, and Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Chen, 1935), which is the etiological agent of eosinophilic meningitis (OHLWEILER et al., 2010).
is caused by infection and migration to the brain of larvae of the parasitic nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, or rat lungworm.
Lun, "Human angiostrongyliasis
," The Lancet Infectious Diseases,vol.
Colley and Fischer (2009) claimed that the African snail is host of nematodes of the species Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Cespedes, 1971, which causes diseases to human (zoonoses) such as angiostrongyliasis
or abdominal angiostrongylosis.