Loiasis

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Loiasis

Loiasis is a parasitic worm, also called Loa Loa, which causes inflammation and swelling in different parts of the body. The worm is transmitted into the body through a horsefly, deer fly or the Mango fly. The worm enters the bloodstream through the fly's bite, and often travels to the eyes or skin. The worm then causes local inflammation, leading to swelling, red skin and itchy skin. This parasitic worm is found mostly in Central Africa. Symptoms can take up to two years to develop; hence, doctors find it hard to diagnose this infection. Treatment depends on the location and severity of the infection. Doctors often provide different forms of antibiotics to fight off the parasitic infection.

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The terms "Loiasis" returned 40 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Behavioural and clinical predictors for Loiasis.
 

Author(s): Johannes Mischlinger, Luzia Veletzky, Gildas B Tazemda-Kuitsouc, Paul Pitzinger, Pierre B Matsegui, Markus Gmeiner, Heimo Lagler, Tamirat Gebru, Jana Held, Benjamin Mordmüller, Michael Ramharter

Journal: J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010413.

 

Loiasis is a vector-borne disease in Central and West Africa. While there is still uncertainty to what extent loiasis is responsible for population morbidity, individuals having both loiasis and onchocerciasis have a high risk of fatal encephalopathy when treatment (ie, ivermectin) ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Loiasis in US Traveler Returning from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, 2016.
 

Author(s): David H Priest, Thomas B Nutman

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2017 01;23(1):160-162.

 

The filarial parasite Loa loa overlaps geographically with Onchocera volvulus and Wuchereria bancrofti filariae in central Africa. Accurate information regarding this overlap is critical to elimination programs targeting O. volvulus and W. bancrofti. We describe a case of loiasis ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Protein Translation Enzyme lysyl-tRNA Synthetase Presents a New Target for Drug Development against Causative Agents of Loiasis and Schistosomiasis.
 

Author(s): Arvind Sharma, Manmohan Sharma, Manickam Yogavel, Amit Sharma

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Helminth parasites are an assemblage of two major phyla of nematodes (also known as roundworms) and platyhelminths (also called flatworms). These parasites are a major human health burden, and infections caused by helminths are considered under neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Loiasis" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Ocular loiasis in London 2008-2009: a case series.
 

Author(s): G S Bowler, A N Shah, L A Bye, M Saldana

Journal: Eye (Lond). 2011 Mar;25(3):389-91.

 

To report three cases of Loa loa infestation presenting over the course of 12 months to ophthalmology departments in the South West Thames region around London.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Host Response to Infection and Treatment in Filarial Diseases
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Filariasis; Helminthiasis; Loiasis; Mansonelliasis; Onchocerciasis

 

Last Updated: 19 May 2018

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