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Parasitology Research

, Volume 117, Issue 10, pp 3319–3325 | Cite as

New insights into the clinico-histopathological and molecular features of Pelecitus (Filarioidea: Onchocercidae) from a raptor bird

  • Claudia I. Muñoz-García
  • Osvaldo López-Díaz
  • David Osorio-Sarabia
  • Fernando Martínez-Hernández
  • Guiehdani Villalobos
  • Ana B. Isaak-Delgado
  • Emilio Rendón-Franco
  • Angélica Carreño-Cervantes
  • Daniel R. Contreras-Patiño
  • Eduardo Berriatua
  • Carlos Martínez-Carrasco Pleite
Short Communication

Abstract

Some Onchocercidae nematodes such as Pelecitus are parasites of medical and veterinary importance. The adult stage of Pelecitus has been reported infecting birds, and the microfilaria has been associated to human blindness. However, in some of these cases, the nematode was incompletely identified at the species level due to the scarcity of morphological taxonomic keys and, also, to the lack of molecular diagnostic analysis. Here, we report a new Pelecitus species in a crested caracara (Caracara cheriway) producing a severe tenosynovitis and microfilarial dermatitis. It is also the first record of Pelecitus in an American bird of prey. Clinical and histopathological features are described, contributing towards our understanding of the pathogenesis of Pelecitus and the health and conservation of wild bird populations. Our study also provides new information on the molecular diagnosis of this parasite and highlights the potential role of wild birds as Pelecitus reservoirs, and health risk for humans and wildlife.

Keywords

Bumblefoot Caracara Eye worm Falcon Filarial Microfilaria 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia I. Muñoz-García
    • 1
    • 2
  • Osvaldo López-Díaz
    • 2
  • David Osorio-Sarabia
    • 3
  • Fernando Martínez-Hernández
    • 4
  • Guiehdani Villalobos
    • 5
  • Ana B. Isaak-Delgado
    • 6
  • Emilio Rendón-Franco
    • 2
  • Angélica Carreño-Cervantes
    • 7
  • Daniel R. Contreras-Patiño
    • 7
  • Eduardo Berriatua
    • 1
  • Carlos Martínez-Carrasco Pleite
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Sanidad Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Campus Regional Internacional de Excelencia “Campus Mare Nostrum”Universidad de MurciaMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Producción Agrícola y AnimalUniversidad Autónoma MetropolitanaMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Escuela Colegio de Ciencias y Humanidades, Plantel OrienteUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  4. 4.Departamento de Ecología de Agentes PatógenosHospital General “Dr. Manuel Gea González”Mexico CityMexico
  5. 5.Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de EcologíaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  6. 6.Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y ZootecniaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  7. 7.Centro para la Conservación e Investigación de la Vida Silvestre, Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos NaturalesLos Reyes AcaquilpanMexico

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