Summary: A filarial parasite primarily affecting dogs and cats, but causing an emerging zoonosis in humans involving subcutaneous lesions. It is transmitted by MOSQUITOES.
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Adult stages of Dirofilaria repens (Nematoda, Filarioidea) reside in the subcutaneous tissues of the definitive or occasional host as dogs, other animals, and humans, and it is transmitted by mosquitoes...
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. Dirofilaria repens infection in a dog imported to Norway. Acta Vet Scand. 2014;56:6 pubmed publisher
b>Dirofilaria repens infection was diagnosed in a dog that had been imported to Norway from Hungary three years previously...
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. Prevalence and distribution of Dirofilaria repens Railliet et Henry, 1911 in dogs in Poland. Pol J Vet Sci. 2014;17:515-7 pubmed
..Microfilariae and antigens of D. immitis were not found in any examined blood samples. ..