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Definitive identification of Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasites from clinical specimens is difficult. As a result, regional epidemiology and burden are poorly characterized. To ascertain presence of this parasite in patients in Laos with eosinophilic meningitis, we performed quantitative PCRs on 36 cerebrospinal fluid samples; 4 positive samples confirmed the parasite's presence.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid2312.171107

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerging infectious diseases

Publication Date

12/2017

Volume

23

Pages

2112 - 2113

Keywords

Animals, Humans, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Snails, Strongylida Infections, Meningitis, Eosinophilia, DNA, Helminth, Cohort Studies, Feeding Behavior, Adult, Laos, Male, Raw Foods