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Gongylonema pulchrum Infection in a Resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, Verified by Genetic Analysis

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  • Department of Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia

We describe the thirteenth reported case of human infection with Gongylonema spp. in the United States and the first to be confirmed as Gongylonema pulchrum. The parasite described was isolated from the oral cavity of a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. The identity of the parasite was verified through morphological and genetic approaches, and provided the first genetic confirmation of a Gongylonema sp. in humans.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Jonathan D. Allen, Department of Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185. E-mail: jdallen@wm.edu

Authors' addresses: Jonathan D. Allen, Department of Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, E-mail: jdallen@wm.edu. Aurora Esquela-Kerscher, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, E-mail: kerschae@evms.edu.

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