Volume 68, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Gnathostomiasis is a systemic infection caused by migrating nematode larvae of the genus . It is a zoonosis involving a wide variety of animals as intermediate and definitive hosts, and consumption of raw fish is the main risk factor. The condition is most commonly seen in southeastern Asia, but has been described in a number of other countries, all outside Africa. We report the infection in two travelers returning from southcentral Africa, who presented with non-specific symptoms and marked eosinophilia, and in whom schistosomiasis was initially suspected. The typical migratory skin lesions of gnathostomiasis appeared later. The infections responded well to albendazole. The patients acquired the infection in western Zambia; this region of Africa appears to be a newly identified risk area for gnathostomiasis in tourists who indulge in eating raw freshwater fish.


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  • Received : 03 Jun 2002
  • Accepted : 03 Mar 2003
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