Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Parafilaria

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_2295-2

Name

Greek/Latin: para = besides; Latin: filum = filament.

Classification

Genus of the nematode family Filariidae.

General Information

The up to 6.5 cm long females of this genus (e.g., P. bovicola) – males reach 3.5 cm – introduce nodules in the subdermal skin of cattle in South Asia, Africa, and in some regions of Europe. Vectors are Musca spp. which transit the L 3 that reaches maturity in about 6–7 months (Fig. 1). The microfilariae are found in wounds of the skin due to the presence of adults and then become licked by the flies. The symptoms of the disease are 10–15 cm-sized lesions in the skin and exudations of open wounds (often called summer wounds).

Keywords

General Information Open Wound Nematode Family 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany