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Cutaneous Emergence of Eustrongylides in Two Persons from South Sudan

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  • Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Two large, living worms were collected as they emerged from the lower limb of each of two persons in South Sudan. The worms were observed by staff of the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program during surveillance activities in communities at-risk for cases of Guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis). The worms measured 7 and 8 cm in length and were identified as fourth-stage larvae of Eustrongylides. This is the first report of such worms emerging from the skin; all five previous reports of human infection involved surgical removal of worms from the peritoneal cavity.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Mark L. Eberhard, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333. E-mail: mle1@cdc.gov

Authors' addresses: Mark L. Eberhard, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, E-mail: mle1@cdc.gov. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, Guinea Worm Eradication Program, The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA, E-mail: eruizti@emory.edu.

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