New Human Dirofilariosesin Hungary

Gábor ELEK1, Károly MINIK0, László PAJOR3, Gyula PARLAGI4, István VARGA5, Ferenc VETÉSI6, János ZOMBORI7

0Department of Pathology, County Hospital, Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary
1Department of Pathology, Central Railway Hospital, Budapest, Hungary
3Department of Pathology, Medical University, Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
4Department of Pathology, Municipal Hospital, Dél-Pest, Budapest, Hungary
5Department of Pathology, Veterinary University, Budapest, Hungary
6Department of Pathology, Municipal Hospital, Hódmezôvásárhely, Hódmezôvásárhely, Hungary
7Parasitological Department, Veterinary University, Budapest, Hungary


About ten cases of filariosis have recently been recorded in the Hungarian medical literature, six of them caused by Dirofilaria repens. Dirofilaria repensis a mosquito-transmitted filaroid worm in the subcutaneous tissue of dogs and cats in the temperate areas of the Old World. It accidentally infects man, too, and can remain unidentified due to physicians , poor knowledge of the parasite. In the last two years six new Dirofilaria repensinfections have been found in various parts of the country: five localised dermally and one in the deep tissues. Two of the cases might have been acquired in Italy during summer travels. Four patients, however, have never been abroad, these cases must be considered autochtonous infections. The thickness of the multilayered cuticle of the worm, diameter of the body and the size, form and number of the longitudinal ridges on its surface are used in the histological diagnosis of the the parasite. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 6, Nr 2, 141-145, 2000

Key words: parasite; zoonosis; mosquito transmitted; Dirofilaria repens; histology

Received: Feb 10, 2000; accepted: Apr 28, 2000
Correspondence: Gábor ELEK, Department of Pathology, Central Railway Hospital, Podmaniczky u 111. Budapest H-1062, Hungary; Tel: (36) (1) 269 5656, Fax: (36) (1) 265 5579

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