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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 75-78

Human subcutaneous dirofilariasis in Assam

1 Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
2 Department of Surgery, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam, India

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Reema Nath
Department of Microbiology, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh - 786 002, Assam
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.113920

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Human subcutaneous dirofilariasis is caused by filarial worms of the genus Dirofilaria. The parasites are transmitted to man by mosquitoes. We report three cases of human subcutaneous dirofilarias caused by Dirofilaria repens from Dibrugarh, Assam, north east India. The cases presented as subcutaneous nodules, on the chest, cheek and the anterior abdominal wall. Noting the frequency of the cases reported within 6 months, it is emphasized that subcutaneous dirofilariasis is a potentially emerging zoonosis in Assam and should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with subcutaneous nodules in Assam.

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