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 37 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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: 2 Nov 2016

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Clinical Features of Imported Loiasis: A Case Series from the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London.
 

Author(s): Makoto Saito, Margaret Armstrong, Samuel Boadi, Patricia Lowe, Peter L Chiodini, Tom Doherty

Journal: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 2015 Sep;93(3):607-11.

 

We retrospectively analyzed the background, clinical features, and treatment response of 50 cases of imported loiasis who presented between 2000 and 2014 to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD), London, United Kingdom. Of them, 29 were migrants from, and 21 were visitors to, countries ...

Last Updated: 3 Sep 2015

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Co-endemicity of loiasis and onchocerciasis in rain forest communities in southwestern Nigeria.
 

Author(s): Olusola Ojurongbe, Akeem Abiodun Akindele, Monsuru Adebayo Adeleke, Matthew Oyebode Oyedeji, Samuel Adeyinka Adedokun, Josephine Folashade Ojo, Callistus Adewale Akinleye, Oloyede Samuel Bolaji, Olusegun Adelowo Adefioye, Oluwaseyi Adegboyega Adeyeba

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Loiasis is currently receiving attention as a disease of public health importance because of the possibility of increased risk of developing neurologic serious adverse event following mass ivermectin treatment against onchocerciasis in individual co-infected with Onchocerca volvulus and Loa loa.

Last Updated: 27 Mar 2015

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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: 10 Mar 2011

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Host Response to Infection and Treatment in Filarial Diseases
 

Status: Recruiting

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

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2017

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