Volume 79, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We describe zoonotic filariasis in two patients from Kuwait; one with spp. and one with spp. Case 1, a 12-year-old Kuwaiti woman who had visited Saudi Arabia, initially reported ocular symptoms. She later reported a nodule that appeared in the suprapubic area, which was resected. A coiled worm was observed in histologic sections and was identified as an spp., but could not be definitively identified. This patient represents the 15th reported case of zoonotic onchocerciasis in a country that is not endemic for human onchocerciasis. Case 2, a 34-year-old Indian woman from Kuwait City, reported a moving object in her left eye. A live worm was extracted and tentatively identified as an immature female . These two cases bring to four the number of reports of zoonotic filariasis in the Arabian Peninsula and suggest that zoonotic filariasis is not uncommon in the Arabian Gulf region.


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  • Received : 11 Jun 2008
  • Accepted : 06 Aug 2008
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