Paragonimus westermani and Paragonimus species

Nawa, Y., Thaenkham, U., Doanh, P. Ngoc, and Blair, D. (2014) Paragonimus westermani and Paragonimus species. In: Motarjemi, Yasmine, Moy, Gerald, and Todd, Ewen, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Safety: hazards and diseases. Elsevier, San Diego, CA, USA, pp. 179-188.

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Paragonimiasis is a zoonotic food-borne lung disease caused by lung flukes of the genus Paragonimus and acquired by consumption of raw/undercooked freshwater crabs/crayfish or wild boar meat. Paragonimus westermani is the best known species to infect humans in Asia, but several other species of human pathogens are also present. Molecular phylogenetic analyses assign most Asian Paragonimus species into four species complexes with some correlation to human pathogenesis. Paragonimus species exploit a range of mammalian definitive hosts and, as intermediate hosts, freshwater snails and crustaceans, eradication of which is not feasible. Avoidance of consumption of raw/undercooked foods and early diagnosis/treatment are recommended for the control of this disease.

Item ID: 31935
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-12-378612-8
Keywords: biogeography; ectopic; freshwater crustaceans; foodborne parasite; foodborne pathogen; lung; metacercaria; molecular taxonomy; paragonimiasis; Paragonimus heterotremus; Paragonimus skrjabini; Paragonimus westermani; pleural effusion; praziquantel; sputum; triclabendazole; zoonosis
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Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 02:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920406 Food Safety @ 100%
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