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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2002 Aug;21(8):617-20. Epub 2002 Aug 10.

Two cases of imported gnathostomiasis in Spanish women.

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  • 1Sección de Medicina Tropical, Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Carlos III, 28029 Madrid, Spain.


Reported here are two new cases of imported cutaneous gnathostomiasis that occurred in two Spanish women. The first patient acquired the helminth infection while travelling in Southeast Asia and the second in Mexico. Although the highest prevalence of gnathostomiasis infection is in Southeast Asia, the disease is now an emerging public health problem in some countries of Latin America. The cases reported here demonstrate the increasing frequency with which human gnathostomiasis is being diagnosed in nonendemic countries as a result of more extensive international travel and migration.

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