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First human case of fatal Halicephalobus gingivalis meningoencephalitis in Australia

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Lim, A Crawford, C Moore, R Gasser, R Nelson, A Koehler, Richard BradburyRichard Bradbury, R Speare, D Dhatrak, G Weldhagen
Halicephalobus gingivalis (previously Micronema deletrix) is a free-living nematode known to cause opportunistic infections, mainly in horses. Human infections are very rare, but all cases described to date involved fatal meningoencephalitis. Here we report the first case of H. gingivalis infection in an Australian human patient, confirmed by nematode morphology and sequencing of ribosomal DNA. The implications of this case are discussed, particularly, the need to evaluate real-time PCR as a diagnostic tool.

History

Volume

52

Issue

5

Start Page

1768

End Page

1774

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1098-660X

ISSN

0095-1137

Publisher

American Society for Microbiology

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of clinical microbiology.