Angiostrongylus cantonensis

An·gi·o·stron·gy·lus can·ton·en·'sis

lungworm of rodents, a species transmitted by infected mollusks ingested by rodents; larvae develop in the brain and migrate to lungs, where the adult worms are found; thought to cause eosinophilic encephalomeningitis in humans in the Pacific basin; larvae have been removed from cerebrospinal fluid and the anterior chamber of the eye from people in Thailand who had eaten raw snails.

Angiostrongylus cantonensis

A filiform nematode for which rats are the definitive host; humans become infected by ingesting third-stage larvae in raw or poorly cooked intermediate hosts (e.g., snails, slugs) or transport hosts (e.g., freshwater prawns, frogs, fish and planarians), or by consuming fresh produce contaminated with either of the above hosts. A. cantonensis rarely infects humans, even in regions of endemic infection (e.g., Southeast Asia or the Pacific Basin; it is, nonetheless, the most common cause of eosinophilic meningitis in humans.


a genus of worms of the family Angiostrongylidae.

Angiostrongylus cantonensis
the rat lungworm which may cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans and other species including dogs.
Angiostrongylus costaricensis
parasitizes the blood vessels of the alimentary tract of wild rodents and may infect humans causing eosinophilic granulomas in the intestine.
Angiostrongylus mackerrasae
a rat lungworm which may also cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans.
Angiostrongylus vasorum
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.
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Eosinophilic meningitis beyond the Pacific Basin: the global dispersal of a peridomestic zoonosis by Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the nematode lungworm of rats.
Angiostrongylus cantonensis still is present in the Sydney area and can cause significant disease in exposed animals, including birds.
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He also has been involved in clinical research on the parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, responsible for most cases of eosinophilic meningitis, world-wide.
The rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, traditionally found in the Asia-Pacific region, has been identified recently for the first time in rats in KZN at a substantial prevalence of 14%.
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Invasive snails and an emerging infectious disease: results from the first national survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China.
The organism most commonly causing eosinophilic meningitis is a rat lung worm called angiostrongylus cantonensis.
Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a nematode that is the most common infectious cause of eosinophilic meningitis and meningoencephalitis both worldwide and in areas of Southeast Asia and many Pacific Islands, is one of the most important zoonotic parasites in Taiwan (1, 2).
An outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis caused by the roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis has been reported among 12 young adults from the United States who visited Jamaica in 2000.
Kinetic change of oxidative stress in cerebrospinal fluid of mice infected with Angiostrongylus cantonensis pp.
The main differential diagnosis of neurognathostomiasis is an infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis.