In Slovakia, they confirmed the first case of human infection with a lung worm. The infected person comes from the south of the Nitra region, where heartworm disease has been circulating in the dog population for a long time. The case was confirmed by the Institute of Parasitology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) in Košice. SAS informs about it on your website.
More frequent occurrence
During the last five years, the epidemiological situation in Slovakia concerning the lung worm has changed significantly. In infected dogs, scientists are increasingly registering Dirofilaria immitis as the causative agent of the infection. In some areas, for example around Komárno or Nové Zámky, it is more common than the originally settled species Dirofilaria repens.
“From the point of view of public health protection, the most significant risk factor – of course, apart from the high abundance of infected mosquitoes (parasite vectors) – is the high rate of infestation in the dog population. Untreated dogs without clinical signs and with a high number of microfilariae (larval stages of the parasite) in the blood are the main source of infection, “ the scientists explained.
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The SAS claims that more than 4,200 cases of infection caused by Dirofilaria repens and 30 cases caused by Dirofilaria immitis have been registered in Europe to date. “Since the first finding of heartworms in dogs in Slovakia in 2005, the average prevalence of the parasite has long ranged from 11 to 13 percent, culminating in cases in southern regions where the infection can affect up to a third of the dog population.” the scientists noted.
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