The first confirmed case of Diphyllobothrium latum in Brazil

FLN Santos, LB de Faro
2005 Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz  
Diphyllobothriasis is an infection of the small intestine by the broad tapeworm Diphyllobothrium sp. The associated symptomatology is nonspecific, but megaloblastic anemia is a well-described complication. Although the infection is common in temperate regions, descriptions in South America have so far been limited to Chile, Peru, and a few cases in Argentina. This paper presents the first confirmed Brazilian case of diphyllobothriasis. A 29-years-old woman living in Salvador (state of Bahia)
more » ... arently acquired the infection from eating sushi. The diagnosis was based on fecal examination that revealed a large quantity of operculated eggs. A single dose of praziquantel (600 mg) was sufficient to cure the infection.
doi:10.1590/s0074-02762005000600013 pmid:16302070 fatcat:to4n4kgqjbgrrip2koqo25ecsi