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Potentiality of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) as intermediate host of the Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971

Author(s): Carvalho Omar dos Santos | Teles Horácio MS | Mota Ester Maria | Mendonça Cristiane Lafetá Gomes Furtado de | Lenzi Henrique Leonel

Journal: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
ISSN 0037-8682

Volume: 36;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 743;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Achatina fulica | Angiostrongylus costaricensis | Experimental infection | Abdominal angiostrongyliasis

Samples of Achatina fulica were experimentally infected with Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae, etiological agent of abdominal angiostrongyliasis, showing that A. fulica is susceptible to the parasite. Achatina fulica may be a risk to urbanization of abdominal angiostrongyliasis presumably due to its high proliferation, continuous dispersion and remarkable adaptation in several Brazilian towns.
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