Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Thelazia callipaeda

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3553-1

This nematode, which is also called oriental eye-worm, was originally described from animals and humans in Eastern countries (former Soviet Union, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Korea, China, and Japan). However, in recent years it has been increasingly reported in both animals and humans from Western countries ranging from Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, and Switzerland to many countries of the Balkans and Greece. It is one of at least 16 species belonging to the genus Thelazia leading to conjunctivitis, keratitis, epipheca, etc. Transmission apparently occurs by fruit flies (e.g., Phortica variegata).


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Further Reading

  1. Biancardi P et al (2005) Treatment of dog thelaziosis caused by Thelazia callipaeda using tropical formulation of imidacloprid 10% and moxidectin 2.5%. Vet Parasitol 129:89–93CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Pimenta P et al (2013) Canine ocular thelaziosis caused by Thelazia callipaeda. Vet Ophthalmol 16:312–315CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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