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Tongue worm (Linguatula species) in stray dogs imported into the UK
  1. Sian Mitchell1,
  2. Suzi Bell2,
  3. Ian Wright3,
  4. Richard Wall4,
  5. Sonja Jeckel5,
  6. Damer Blake5,
  7. Penny Marshall6,
  8. Ceri Andrews7,
  9. Michelle Lee7 and
  10. Amanda Walsh8
  1. 1APHA Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre, Job's Well Road, Johnstown, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 3EZ, e-mail:
  2. 2APHA Shrewsbury Veterinary Investigation Centre, Kendal Road, Harlscott, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 4HD
  3. 3ESCCAP UK and Ireland, The Mews Studio, Portland Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 2TA
  4. 4School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TQ
  5. 5Pathology and Pathogen Biology, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  6. 6Clarke and Marshall, 2 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2BS
  7. 7Vets4Pets, Rutland Street, Ilkeston DE7 8DG
  8. 8National Infection Service, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ

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A NUMBER of cases of tongue worm, Linguatula serrata, in stray dogs imported into the UK have been brought to our attention recently. Infected dogs may show a mucopurulent nasal discharge, epistaxis and sneezing, but infection may also be asymptomatic.

The adult parasite is an elongated tongue-shape with transverse striations and is found in the nasal cavities or sinuses of dogs, foxes and other canids. These animals are infected by the ingestion of L serrata nymphs in raw offal of infected intermediate hosts (sheep, goats and cattle, but also rabbits and horses). The eggs from the …

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