Angiostrongylus cantonensis: A species of parasitic nematodes distributed throughout the Pacific islands that infests the lungs of domestic rats. Human infection, caused by consumption of raw slugs and land snails, results in eosinophilic meningitis.1
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- Angiostrongyliasis: Angiostrongylus cantonensis, rat lungworm, a nematode parasite.
Various species of rats are the definitive hosts of the parasite, known as the rat lungworm. Rats can infect only snails and slugs2
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- Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: cdc.gov/ travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/ angiostrongyliasis-neurologic
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