Volume 29, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



An unsheathed microfilaria, unlike any other already described from man, was found in thick blood smears and Knott samples taken from Amerinds living along the upper Caura River in Bolivar State, Venezuela. The microfilaria, which measures 256 × 7–8 micrometers in thick blood smears and 300 × 8 micrometers in Knott samples, is easily differentiated morphologically from with which it often occurs concomitantly. It is readily differentiated, on morphological criteria, from all other species of filariae which infect man, as well. The parasite has been named after the geographical locality in which it was discovered.


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