Studies/Abstracts

Distribution of Parmarion cf. martensi ( Pulmonata: Helicarionidae), a New Semi-Slug Pest on Hawai‘i Island, and Its Potential as a Vector for Human Angiostrongyliasis1

Robert G. Hollingsworth,2,3 Rachel Kaneta,3,4 James J. Sullivan,5,8 Henry S. Bishop,5,8 Yvonne Qvarnstrom,5,6,8 Alexandre J. da Silva,5,8 and David G. Robinson
The researchers did a survey in Puna on the infection rate of the various carriers of A. cantonensis. This is a good one to read.

OUTBREAK OF EOSINOPHILIC MENINGITIS ASSOCIATED WITH DRINKING RAW VEGETABLE JUICE IN SOUTHERN TAIWAN
HUNG-CHIN TSAI, AND YUNG-CHING LIU
This is a study of the cases, symptoms, lab studies and methods, therapy and causes.

Angiostrongyliasis, Mainland China
Xiao-Guang Chen,* Hua Li,* and Zhao-Rong Lun†
A letter from researchers in mainland China that appears on the CDC website. They include a chart of the number of patients presenting with all of the different symptoms and speak mainly about detection methods and their experience with the effects of antihelminthics.

CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS AND OUTCOME OF PATIENTS WITH SEVERE EOSINOPHILIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS PRESUMABLY CAUSED BY ANGIOSTRONGYLUS CANTONENSIS
Verajit Chotmongkol and Kittisak Sawanyawisuth
Studies cases of severe eosinephilic meningitis.

REVIEW
DRUG TRIALS FOR TREATMENT OF HUMAN ANGIOSTRONGYLIASIS

Márcia Bohrer MENTZ(1) & Carlos GRAEFF-TEIXEIRA(2)
A fairly technical study on drug trials both before and after worm maturation.

Immuno-PCR for Detection of Antigen to Angiostrongylus cantonensis Circulating Fifth-Stage Worms
Soi-Moi Chye1, Shiu-Ru Lin2, Ya-Lei Chen1, Lee-Yi Chung3 and Chuan-Min Yen3
Takes a look at various diagnostic methods and their effectiveness.

Enzootic Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Rats and Snails after an Outbreak of Human Eosinophilic Meningitis, Jamaica
John F. Lindo,* Cecilia Waugh,* John Hall,* Colette Cunningham-Myrie,† Deanna Ashley,† Mark L. Eberhard,‡ James J. Sullivan,‡ Henry S. Bishop,‡ David G. Robinson,§ Timothy Holtz,‡ and Ralph D. Robinson*
After a number of tourists were infected in Jamaica, these researchers studied the levels of infection present in hosts in various parts of Jamaica.

Molecular Differentiation of Angiostrongylus costaricensis, A. cantonensis, and A. vasorum by Polymerase Chain Reaction- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism
Roberta L Caldeira, Omar S Carvalho/+, Cristiane LFG Mendonça, Carlos Graeff-Teixeira*, Márcia CF Silva*, Renata Ben*, Rafael Maurer*, Walter S Lima**, Henrique L Lenzi***
For you scientists out there, this is a technical article studying how to differentiate various Angiostrongylus species at varying stages in their development.

MR Findings of Eosinophilic Meningoencephalitis Attributed to Angiostrongylus cantonensis
Jaturat Kanpittaya,a, Suthipun Jitpimolmarda, Somsak Tiamkaoa and Eimorn Mairianga
Case reports on six patients. Photos and analysis of the MR scans.

New Pest Response Guidelines Giant African Snails: Snail Pests in the Family Achatinidae
A Brochure from the USDA that mostly deals with what farmers and iinspectors should know about detecting the African Snail. It does have many photos of the snails and their eggs and useful information about trapping and controlling them.

Invasive Snails and an Emerging Infectious Disease: Results from the First National Survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China
Shan Lv1,2, Yi Zhang1, He-Xiang Liu1, Ling Hu1, Kun Yang1, Peter Steinmann1,2, Zhao Chen3, Li-Ying Wang3, Jürg Utzinger2, Xiao-Nong Zhou
Follows the invasion of snail species and Rat Lungworm across China.

Angiostrongylus cantonensis
The HEAR (Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk Project) site page on the subject. Many links, including ones to local newspaper articles.

EnCognitive
This article explains the different types of meningitis and their causes and cures.

Springerlink.com
Search for journal articles on Angiostrongylus cantonensis here.

Emerging Angiostrongyliasis in Mainland China
Shan Lv,* Yi Zhang,* Peter Steinmann,† and Xiao-Nong Zhou*Traces the causes of the disease's spread in China along with prevention and control measures.

Changing Epidemiology of Angiostrongylus Cantonensis in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Traces an outbreak of angiostrongyliasis that showed different features than previous ones due largely to the invasive semislug.