Infection of Man by Dirofilaria Repens

C. H. GardinerDepartment of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Inc., Washington, D.C. 20306

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C. E. OberdorferDepartment of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Inc., Washington, D.C. 20306

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J. E. ReyesDepartment of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Inc., Washington, D.C. 20306

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W. H. PinkusDepartment of Infectious and Parasitic Disease Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Inc., Washington, D.C. 20306

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Dirofilaria repens, a natural parasite of dogs and cats in Europe, Asia, and Africa, sometimes infects man. In man the worms are usually in subcutaneous tissues or in the orbit. A case is herein reported in which a non-gravid, adult Dirofilaria, probably D. repens, was in the subcutaneous tissue of a resident of Wisconsin. The patient, however, acquired the infection 8 years previously in Greece.

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