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Suspected autochthonous Thelazia callipaeda infection in a dog in northern Germany.

Authors
  • Lebedewa, Sophia L1
  • Tkocz, Kevin2
  • Clausen, Peter-Henning1
  • Nijhof, Ard M3
  • 1 Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 2 Veterinary Practice' Im Kalten Tale, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 3 Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. [email protected] , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parasitology Research
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
119
Issue
12
Pages
4277–4280
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-020-06920-z
PMID: 33048206
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 12-year old Elo dog was presented with recurring symptoms of conjunctivitis in November 2019. A single whitish nematode was found upon inspection of the eye and identified as a Thelazia callipaeda male. The morphological identification of the eye worm was supported by analysis of a partial cytochrome c oxidase I (cox1) gene sequence. The dog lived in Lower Saxony, northwestern Germany, and had not visited regions known to be endemic for T. callipaeda. This suggests that a local transmission cycle of this zoonotic nematode may exist in Germany.

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