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Revista de Saúde Pública

Print version ISSN 0034-8910On-line version ISSN 1518-8787

Abstract

VASCONCELLOS, Maurício Carvalho de  and  PILE, Edwin. Occurrence of Achatina fulica in the Vale do Paraíba, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.6, pp.582-584. ISSN 0034-8910.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102001000600013.

The first occurrence of the Achatina fulica, an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the etiological agent of meningoencephalic angiostrongiliasis, is reported in Resende municipality, Brazil. In the five visited localities, snails were found living freely, and the larvae of this parasite was not seen in any of them. The finding of A. fulica in the area may be related to its commercialization as a food item and embodies the possibility of new focus.

Keywords : Angiostrongylus cantonensis; Mollusca; Residence characteristics; Host-parasite relations; Achatina fulica; Angiostrogiliasis.

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