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Emerging diseases
Case of canine ocular thelaziosis in the UK
  1. John Graham-Brown1,
  2. Paul Gilmore1,
  3. Diana Williams1,
  4. Jackie Barber1,
  5. Martin Andrews2 and
  6. Dorina Timofte3
  1. 1Liverpool Veterinary Parasitology Diagnostics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Science Park IC2, 146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF, e-mail:
  2. 2Cedar Veterinary Group, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire
    GU34 2RH
  3. 3School of Veterinary Science, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Chester High Road, Neston, Wirral CH64 7TE

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WE would like to bring to the attention of the veterinary community a case of canine ocular thelaziosis in the UK. In March 2016, during a routine general anaesthetic for elective surgery, worms were observed on the conjunctiva of an otherwise healthy one-year-old male collie cross. This dog had been imported from Romania six weeks earlier, where the ‘oriental eye worm’, Thelazia callipaeda, has recently been identified as endemic (Mihalca and others 2015). We suspect this is an imported case of canine ocular thelaziosis. …

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