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1 October 2002 Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis Now Endemic in Louisiana Wildlife
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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.

D. Y. Kim, T. B. Stewart, R. W. Bauer, and M. Mitchell "Parastrongylus (=Angiostrongylus) cantonensis Now Endemic in Louisiana Wildlife," Journal of Parasitology 88(5), (1 October 2002).[1024:PACNEI]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 October 2002

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