Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Onchocerca lupi

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4114

This spirurid species has been observed in dogs from Europe as well as in several carnivores from the USA. Since in most cases no or low-graded symptoms of disease occur (with the exception of mild or severe ocular lesions), knowledge of this parasite remained scarce. However, in recent years cases of human onchocercosis have been detected in Iran, Turkey, Tunisia, and the USA. Therefore, the development of serological methods to diagnose this peculiar worm is recommended.

Further Reading

  1. Gianelli A et al (2014) A preliminary investigation of serological tools for the detection of Onchocerca lupi infections in dogs. Parasitol Res 113:1989–1991CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany