Loaiasis (Loa Loa) in an African Student in Indiana

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  • Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Pathology and Public Health and the Student Hospital, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Loaiasis was seen in an African student in Indiana, who had non-specific complaints, a leukocyte count of 8,400/mm3, a 47% eosinophilia, and a high Loa loa microfilaremia. Successful treatment with diethylcarbamazine (Hetrazan®) produced no allergic manifestations and no reactions to the adult parasites were evident.