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1 July 1993 Parasitic Meningoencephalitis in Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum)
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Based on microscopic examination of the brains of seven wild-caught nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum), we observed a severe meningoencephalitis associated with numerous parasitic granulomas. The parasites were larval nematodes with morphologic characteristics of the Superfamily Dracunculoidea. Although meningeal larval aggregates were associated with chronic inflammation, additional parasitic nodules found on the endocardial surface and perimandibular region did not provoke an inflammatory response. Neither the route of infection nor life cycle were determined.

Credille, Johnson, and Reimschuessel: Parasitic Meningoencephalitis in Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum)
Kelly M. Credille, Linda K. Johnson, and Renate Reimschuessel "Parasitic Meningoencephalitis in Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 29(3), 502-506, (1 July 1993). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-29.3.502
Received: 19 October 1992; Published: 1 July 1993
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