is a nematode which adults stages live under the eyelids of dogs, cats, rabbits and foxes, causing injuries with mild to severe symptoms (lacrimation, conjunctivitis and keratitis).
Jennifer, who is currently in her third year of studying Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, was awarded PS5,000 towards her current work on the Oriental eye worm Thelazia callipaeda, a parasitic infection in dogs, cats and humans which will cause blindness if left untreated.
Jennifer, who is also a professional saxophone player, won the Undergraduate award for her dedicated work into Oriental eye worm Thelazia callipaeda, which she first developed an interest in after studying parasitology during her second year at university.
The parasitic worm, Thelazia callipaeda
, is spread by a fruit fly and is capable of infecting dogs, cats and human beings.
A good example is Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) nematode infections in children and elderly persons living in rural and poor communities in countries in Europe and Asia (2).
The spread of zoonotic Thelazia callipaeda in the Balkan area.
Thelaziasis Inflammation of and Thelazia conjunctiva; most californiensis frequent in small children Trichostrongylus spp.
Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) is a parasitic helminth transmitted by zoophilic insects of the order Diptera, family Drosophilidae, genus Phortica while feeding on ocular secretions of their hosts during summer (1,2).
The intermediate host of Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) in Europe and China: nematode biology and larval development inside the vector.
Nematodes that might have caused such an infestation were many (1), including Thelazia callipaeda
. This helminth, which infests carnivores and humans, has been studied for more than a decade at the University of Bari in southern Italy (2-5); this research was what led the Turkish colleague to establish original contact.
Current status and epidemiological observations of Thelazia callipaeda
(Spirurida, Thelaziidae) in dogs, cats and foxes in Italy: a "coincidence" or a parasitic disease of the Old Continent?
eyeworm is a nematode transmitted by drosophilid flies to carnivores in Europe.