Subcutaneous infection with dirofilaria repens—A case report

Khanna, Vinay and Tilak, Kriti and Shailaja, S and Malik, Nidhi and Shashidhar, V and Mukhopadhyay, Chiranjay (2014) Subcutaneous infection with dirofilaria repens—A case report. Human Parasitic Diseases, 6. pp. 1-3.

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Zoonotic filariasis because of Dirofilaria repens (D. repens) is prevalent in several regions of the world. It is considered an emerging zoonosis, in view of recent rise of human D. repens infections in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Most of the documented cases of human dirofilariasis recorded in India had ocular infections, but very few subcutaneous dirofilariasis have been reported. We hereby report a case of subcutaneous human dirofilariasis because of Dirofilaria species. Because dirofilariasis is a vector-borne transmitted disease, their distribution and infection rates have undergone substantial alterations influenced by global climate change. In spite of advances in our knowledge of D. repens and the pathologies that they inflict on different hosts, there are still many unidentified aspects of dirofilariasis. This review is focused on human dirofilariasis, including the basic morphology of Dirofilaria species; the climate and human behavioral factors that influence distribution dynamics; the disease pathology; the host–parasite relationship; and the clinical management of human infections.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human dirofilariasis; subcutaneous infection.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Microbiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Ophthalmology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 09:49
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2015 09:49

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