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The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is an anthropophilic aggressive daytime-biting nuisance and an efficient vector of certain arboviruses and filarial nematodes. Over the last 30 years, this species has spread rapidly through human travel and commerce from its native tropical forests of Asia to every continent except Antarctica. In 2011, a… (More)
Infection with Baylisascaris procyonis roundworms is rare but often fatal and typically affects children. We attempted to determine parameters of viability and methods of inactivating the eggs of these roundworms. Loss of viability resulted when eggs were heated to 62°C or desiccated for 7 months but not when frozen at -15°C for 6 months.
To the Editor: In the past 20 years, Baylisascaris procyonis, the common intestinal roundworm of raccoons , has increasingly been recognized as a source of severe human neurologic disease that particularly affects children (1,2). Although human baylisascariasis appears to be rare, the devastating neurologic disease caused by this infection and the lack of… (More)