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High Prevalence of Mansonella ozzardi Infection in the Amazon Region, Ecuador.

Research paper by Manuel M Calvopina, Carlos C Chiluisa-Guacho, Alberto A Toapanta, David D Fonseca, Irina I Villacres

Indexed on: 11 Mar '21Published on: 19 Oct '19Published in: Emerging infectious diseases



Abstract

We reviewed Giemsa-stained thick blood smears, obtained through the national malaria surveillance program in the Amazon region of Ecuador, by light microscopy for Mansonella spp. microfilariae. Of 2,756 slides examined, 566 (20.5%) were positive. Nested PCR confirmed that the microfilariae were those of M. ozzardi nematodes, indicating that this parasite is endemic to this region.