Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis, a lung worm of rats, was first reported in the United States in 1987, with a probable introduction by infected rats from ships docking in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the mid-1980s. Since then, it has been reported in nonhuman primates and a boy from New Orleans, and in a horse from Picayune, Mississippi, a distance of 87 km from New Orleans. Parastrongylus cantonensis infection is herein reported in a lemur (Varencia variegata rubra) from New Iberia, Louisiana, a distance of 222 km from New Orleans, and in a wood rat (Neotoma floridanus) and in 4 opossums (Didelphis virginiana) from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a distance of 124 km from New Orleans. The potential of a great variety of gastropods serving as intermediate hosts in Louisiana may pose a threat to wildlife as well as to domesticated animals in the areas where infected Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) are present.
Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis Now Endemic in Louisiana Wildlife
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D. Y. Kim, T. B. Stewart, R. W. Bauer, M. Mitchell; Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis Now Endemic in Louisiana Wildlife. J Parasitol 1 October 2002; 88 (5): 1024–1026. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[1024:PACNEI]2.0.CO;2
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