Volume 99, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Angiostrongyliasis is a food-borne parasitic disease caused by the nematode that can lead to eosinophilic meningitis (EM) or meningoencephalitis in humans. is prevalent in the Pacific Islands. In recent years, a large number of outbreaks and severe cases have occurred. Several species of mollusk, such as snails and slugs, act as intermediate and paratenic hosts of . In this study, two cases of EM were found to have been caused by infection with due to consumption of raw centipedes. To survey the infections acquired through centipedes that the patients had bought at a vegetable market, we performed etiological examinations and polymerase chain reaction amplification of genes. Third-instar larvae of were detected in the centipedes, and specific genes from were detected in all the specimens. This indicates that the centipede may act as a competent host for the transmission of . To our knowledge, this is the first report of infection through the consumption of centipedes.


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  • Received : 19 Feb 2018
  • Accepted : 04 Jun 2018
  • Published online : 30 Jul 2018

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