Angiostrongylus Cantonensis

Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a parasitic nematode (roundworm) which causes Angiostrongyliasis, the most common cause of eosinophilic meningitis in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin. The nematode commonly resides in the pulmonary arteries of rats, giving it the nickname the rat lungworm. Snails are the primary intermediate hosts, where larvae develop until they are infective.

Humans are incidental hosts of this roundworm, and may become infected through ingestion of larvae in raw or undercooked snails or other vectors, or from contaminated water and vegetables. The larvae are then transported via the blood to the central nervous system (CNS), where they are the most common cause of eosinophilic meningitis, a serious condition that can lead to death or permanent brain and nerve damage. Identified in 1964, Angiostrongyliasis is an infection of increasing public health importance as globalization contributes to the geographic spread of the disease.

Read more about Angiostrongylus Cantonensis:  Infectious Agent, Epidemiology, Hosts, Pathogenesis of Human Angiostrongylosis, Eosinophilic Meningitis / Eosinophic Meningoencephalitis

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