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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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LAITANO, Antonio Carlo et al. Report on the ocurrence of Angiostrongylus costaricensis in southern Brazil, in a new intermediate host from the genus Sarasinula (Veronicellidae, Gastropoda). Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2001, vol.34, n.1, pp. 95-97. ISSN 1678-9849.

Veronicellid slugs are the main intermediate hosts for Angiostrongylus costaricencis. In a rural locality in Nova Itaberaba (SC, southern Brazil) Sarasinula linguaeformis was identified as a crop pest. The parasitological examination revealed A. costaricencis infection in 43 out ot 50 slugs. The prevalence of 86% and the individual parasitic burdens are the highest sofar reported in Brazil and S. linguaeformis is the first species from the genus Sarasinula to be identified as intermediate host for A. costaricencis in southern Brazil.

Keywords : Angiostrongylus; Veronicellidae; Sarasinula; Zoonosis.

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