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Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 Mar;8(3):324-6.

Enzootic Angiostrongylus cantonensis in rats and snails after an outbreak of human eosinophilic meningitis, Jamaica.

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University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

Abstract

After an outbreak in 2000 of eosinophilic meningitis in tourists to Jamaica, we looked for Angiostrongylus cantonensis in rats and snails on the island. Overall, 22% (24/109) of rats harbored adult worms, and 8% (4/48) of snails harbored A. cantonensis larvae. This report is the first of enzootic A. cantonensis infection in Jamaica, providing evidence that this parasite is likely to cause human cases of eosinophilic meningitis.

PMID:
11927033
PMCID:
PMC2732477
DOI:
10.3201/eid0803.010316
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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