Paragonimus kellicotti Fluke infections in Missouri, USA

Michael A. Lane, Luis A. Marcos, Nur F. Onen, Lee M. Demertzis, Ericka V. Hayes, Samuel Z. Davila, Diana R. Nurutdinova, Thomas C. Bailey, Gary J. Weil

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Paragonimiasis is an infection caused by lung flukes of the genus Paragonimus. In Asia, P. westermani infections are relatively common because of dietary practices. However, in North America, cases of paragonimiasis, which are caused by P. kellicotti flukes, are rare. Only 7 autochthonous cases of paragonimiasis were reported during 1968-2008. In 2009, we reported 3 new case-patients with paragonimiasis who had been seen at our medical center over an 18-month period. Six additional case-patients were identified in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and treated at Washington University-affiliated health centers in 2009-2010. We report detailed descriptions of these case-patients, which includes unusual clinical manifestations. We also describe public health interventions that were undertaken to inform the general public and physicians about the disease and its mode of transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1263-1267
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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