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Invasive slug Meghimatium pictum (Stoliczka, 1873) infected by Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes, 1971, and the possible risk of human infection associated with grape consumption

  • R. Rodriguez (a1) (a2), A.S.S. Sandri (a1), S.M. Porto (a1), J.B. Osório (a3), C.A. Muller (a3), B.B. Cognato (a3), M.F. Casagrande (a1), C. Graeff-Teixeira (a3), S.R. Gomes (a4) and A.L. Morassutti (a3)...

Abstract

Many molluscs may be infected with angiostrongylid larvae. Following the histopathological diagnosis of abdominal angiostrongyliasis in a grape farmer from southern Brazil, molluscs in the area were investigated. During a nocturnal search, 245 specimens of slugs were collected and identified as the invasive Chinese slug Meghimatium pictum. Angiostrongylus costaricensis worms were recovered from mice that were experimentally infected with larvae obtained from 11 (4.5%) of the molluscs. This study presents the first report of M. pictum being identified as an intermediate host for A. costaricensis. Most of the slugs were collected from grape plants, which suggests that transmission may be associated with grape consumption.

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Author for correspondence: S.R. Gomes, E-mail: suzete.gomes@ioc.fiocruz.br

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