Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Moving Skin Filaria

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4079-1

See Dirofilaria repens; this filarial worm occurs in subcutaneous tissues of dogs, cats, and occasionally in humans.

Incubation Period

Variable, a few days.

Prepatent Period

~1 week.


Lifelong due to autoinfection.


Unknown for humans. Ivermectin, however, which ist used in dogs, would probably help.


Incubation Period Subcutaneous Tissue Prepatent Period Filarial Worm Dirofilaria Repens 
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Authors and Affiliations

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