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First reports of autochthonous eyeworm infection by Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) in dogs and cat from France

Dorchies, Philippe and Chaudieu, G. and Siméon, L.A. and Cazalot, Guillaume and Cantacessi, C. and Otranto, D. First reports of autochthonous eyeworm infection by Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) in dogs and cat from France. (2007) Veterinary Parasitology, vol. 1 (n° 3-4). pp. 294-297. ISSN 0304-4017

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.08.005

Abstract

Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) is a small nematode living in the conjunctival sac of domestic and wild carnivores, rabbits and humans causing lacrimation, epiphora, conjunctivitis, keratitis and even corneal ulcers. The first autochthonous cases of thelaziosis affecting four dogs and one cat living in South Western France (Dordogne area) are reported and described. Nematodes recovered from the animals were morphologically identified as T. callipaeda and a partial region of the cytochrome oxidase c subunit 1 gene (cox1) was amplified by PCR from nematode specimens (from two dogs and the cat). In each case, this was shown to have an identical sequence to the haplotype 1 (h1) of T. callipaeda. So far, the arthropod acting as intermediate host of T. callipaeda eyeworms has not been identified in France although it might be Phortica variegata (Steganinae, Drosophilidae) as recently described in Italy.

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Institution:Other partners > University of Bari (ITALY)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse - ENVT
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Deposited By: Mathieu Andro
Deposited On:23 Apr 2008 12:25

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