Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) costaricensis was first reported in the United States from cotton rats, Sigmodon hispidus, in Texas in 1979. Here, we report the findings of P. costaricensis in a siamang (Hylobates syndactylus) from the Miami MetroZoo, in 2 Ma's night monkeys (Aotus nancymaae) from the DuMond Conservancy located at Monkey Jungle in Miami, in 4 raccoons (Procyon lotor) trapped near the MetroZoo, and in an opossum (Didelphis virginiana) trapped at the MetroZoo. These records are the first records of P. costaricensis from all 4 species of hosts. All of the primates were zoo-born, and the raccoons and opossum were native, indicating that this parasite is now endemic at these 2 sites.
Endemic Infections of Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) costaricensis in Two Species of Nonhuman Primates, Raccoons, and an Opossum From Miami, Florida
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Christine L. Miller, John M. Kinsella, Michael M. Garner, Sian Evans, Patricia A. Gullett, Robert E. Schmidt; Endemic Infections of Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) costaricensis in Two Species of Nonhuman Primates, Raccoons, and an Opossum From Miami, Florida. J Parasitol 1 April 2006; 92 (2): 406–408. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-653R.1
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