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1 June 2009 Discovery of an Endemic Area of Gnathostoma turgidum Infection among opossums, Didelphis virginiana, in Mexico
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Gnathostomosis, caused by Gnathostoma binucleatum, is a serious public health issue in Mexico. Although 2 other Gnathostoma spp., G. turgidum and G. lamothei, have been found in wild animals, their natural life cycle or their relation to human disease remains unclear. While we were conducting an epidemiological survey on Gnathostoma spp. in Sinaloa State, Mexico, we found an endemic area for G. turgidum in common opossums, Didelphis virginiana, located in Tecualilla, Sinaloa. The species identification was carried out by morphological and molecular biological methods. This is the first record of an endemic area for G. turgidum infection in opossums, D. virginiana, in the Americas.

Sylvia Páz Díaz-Camacho, Kaethe Willms, JoséGuadalupe Rendón-Maldonado, María del Carmen de la Cruz-Otero, Francisco Delgado-Vargas, Lilia Robert, Silvia Antuna, Virginia León-Règagnon, and Yukifumi Nawa "Discovery of an Endemic Area of Gnathostoma turgidum Infection among opossums, Didelphis virginiana, in Mexico," Journal of Parasitology 95(3), (1 June 2009). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1871.1
Received: 14 September 2008; Accepted: 1 October 2008; Published: 1 June 2009
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