(= Angiostrongylus) cantonensis now endemic in Louisiana wildlife.
(=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis now endemic in Louisiana wildlife.
To the Editor: A study of the parasites of invasive rats in the eThekwini Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal has led to this first report of Angiostrongylus (Parastrongylus
) cantonensis, commonly known as the rat lung worm, in South Africa.
Notes: Chabaud (1972) included this species in the genus Parastrongylus
Baylis, 1928, which is considered a subgenus of Angiostrongylus Kamensky, 1905 by Anderson (1978).
cantonensis remains in general use, but some researchers suggest it should be changed to Parastrongylus
cantonensis on the basis of the morphology of the adult male bursa and the definitive host being rats.
cantonensis in a nonhuman primate, Florida.
The rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus (Parastrongylus
) cantonensis, causes eosinophilic meningitis in humans (4) and various disease manifestations (meningoencephalitis, neurologic disorders) in atypical host species, including wildlife and captive animals (5).
) and less common nematodes.
Industrialized nations' new taste for exotic food has also been linked with various zoonotic pathogens or parasites, such as protozoa (Toxoplasma), trematodes (Fasciola sp., Paragonimus spp.), cestodes (Taenia spp., Diphyllobothrium sp.), and nematodes (Trichinella spp., Anisakis sp., Parastrongylus
This issue features articles from multiple countries that encompass a wide range of diseases and disease agents, including tularemia, Nipah virus, prion diseases, West Nile virus, cryptosporidiosis, hantavirus, bartonellosis, salmonellosis, parastrongylus
, and lyssavirus.