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Postgrad Med J. 2002 Jan;78(915):15-22.

New aspects of human trichinellosis: the impact of new Trichinella species.

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Department of Experimental Pathology, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.


Trichinellosis is a re-emerging zoonosis and more clinical awareness is needed. In particular, the description of new Trichinella species such as T. papuae and T. murrelli and the occurrence of human cases caused by T pseudospiralis, until very recently thought to occur only in animals, requires changes in our handling of clinical trichinellosis, because existing knowledge is based mostly on cases due to classical T spiralis infection. The aim of the present review is to integrate the experiences derived from different outbreaks around the world, caused by different Trichinella species, in order to provide a more comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

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