Human Infection with A Subcutaneous Filarial Worm

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Summary

A human case of Dirofilaria infection is described. Apparently, this is the tenth case of dirofilariasis reported in the United States and the seventh originating in Florida. An immature female worm was recovered from a subcutaneous nodule in the forearm of a man. Cuticular markings on the worm indicate that it is Dirofilaria conjunctivae.

Author Notes

Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, PHS, DHEW, Bethesda, Maryland.

Laboratory of Tropical Virology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, PHS, DHEW, Middle America Research Unit, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.

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