Dirofilaria striata Infection in a North Carolina Child

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  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Asheville Eye Medical and Surgical Associates, New Orleans, Louisiana

A living, adult female Dirofilaria striata was removed from the orbit of a 6-year-old boy living in Buncombe County, NC. The specific identification of the filaria was based on its size and the morphological features of the cuticle including the weak, irregular, longitudinal ridges and small but conspicuous lateral alae.