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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95-99

Subcutaneous dirofilariasis of the cheek with microfilaremia

Department of Microbiology, Kempegowda Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Neetha S Murthy
#3, Block-5, Health Department Layout, Dattagalli 2nd Stage, Ramakrishna Nagar, Mysore - 570 022, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_692_16

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Dirofilaria is a filarial nematode of domestic and wild animals. Human subcutaneous dirofilariasis is an accidental zoonotic infection. Infection with Dirofilaria repens has been reported from various regions of the world, mainly from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Culex, Aedes, and Anopheles mosquitoes serve as the vectors for transmission of this infection. In India, a probable focus of human infection with D. repens has been identified in Kerala, costal Karnataka, and Maharashtra. Herein, we report a rare case of subcutaneous dirofilariasis of the cheek with microfilaremia attributed to D. repens in a male patient aged 25 years hailing from Mandya.

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