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ScienceAsia 14 (1988): 233-239 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.1988.14.233

 

NATURAL INFECTION OF THE RAT LUNGWORM ANGIOSTRONGYLUS CANTONENSIS IN A THAI EDIBLE LAND SNAIL, HEMIPLECTA DISTINCTA

 

SOMSAK PANHA

ABSTRACT: Natural infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis was confirmed in an edible land snail, Hemiplecta distincta, collected from Northeast (14 provinces) and Central (2 provinces) Thailand. Thus, H. distincta is an intermediate host for A. cantonensis and, if eaten raw, it can be a potential source of human infection with eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. However, a more definitive proof must await results from infecting rats experimentally with this larvae and adult worm identification.

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.

Received 6 September 1988