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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Loa loa: nematode parasite, sometimes called the "eye worm."
    • One of three parasites causing human subcutaneous filariasis, the other two: Onchocerca volvulus, Mansonella streptocerca.
      • Human infection w/ loa loa = loiasis
    • Larvae and adults migrate to SQ skin and fat layers.
  • Vector is the tabanid files, genus Chrysops (mango or mangrove fly), C. silacea and C. dimidiata (daytime biting horsefly, deerfly).

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Last updated: November 29, 2015