A human case of zoonotic onchocerciasis in Japan.

  title={A human case of zoonotic onchocerciasis in Japan.},
  author={Hiroshi Hashimoto and Ichiro Murakami and Sakuhei Fujiwara and Susumu Takayasu and H. Takaoka and Shoji Uga and Nobuaki Akao and Kazuya Kondo and H. Yoshimura},
  journal={The Journal of dermatology},
  volume={17 1},
A 2-year-old girl living in southwestern Japan had a nodule of 2 months' duration on the left foot. A biopsy from the lesion showed transverse sections of a worm surrounded by granulomatous tissue. The worm was identified as an Onchocerca sp. from the morphological characteristics such as relatively thick cuticles, annular ridges on the cortical layer, and high somatic muscles. Positive serological tests using ELISA for Onchocerca gutturosa and Onchocerca volvulus supported the diagnosis. This… CONTINUE READING