Volume 25, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



During the course of a survey of intestinal parasites among the inhabitants of villages along the Fly River in the Kiunga region of Papua New Guinea, eggs of a species were found in the feces of several persons. In subsequent studies, 93 (17.8%) of 520 persons examined from five villages were found to be infected with this parasite. The examination of parasitic and free-living stages of the worm revealed that it is very similar to , a parasite of monkeys, baboons and apes in Africa and Asia, although a definitive identification could not be made with the material available. Since non-human primates have apparently never inhabitated New Guinea, the origin of these -like infections is unknown.


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