Human ocular filariasis: further evidence on the zoonotic role of Onchocerca lupi

OTRANTO D., DANTAS-TORRES F., Cebeci Z. , Yeniad B., Buyukbabani N. , Boral O. B. , ...Daha Fazla

PARASITES & VECTORS, cilt.5, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-84


Background: Among ocular vector-borne pathogens, Onchocerca volvulus, the agent of the so-called "river blindness", affects about 37 million people globally. Other Onchocerca spp. have been sporadically reported as zoonotic agents. Cases of canine onchocerciasis caused by Onchocerca lupi are on the rise in the United States and Europe. Its zoonotic role has been suspected but only recently ascertained in a single case from Turkey. The present study provides further evidence on the occurrence of O. lupi infesting human eyes in two patients from Turkey (case 1) and Tunisia (case 2). The importance of obtaining a correct sample collection and preparation of nematodes infesting human eyes is highlighted.