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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 648278, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/648278
Case Report

A Case Report on Oral Subcutaneous Dirofilariasis

1Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 20400 Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 20400 Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
3Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, 20400 Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Received 11 November 2015; Revised 4 December 2015; Accepted 6 December 2015

Academic Editor: Gernot Walder

Copyright © 2015 R. D. Jayasinghe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Dirofilariasis is an uncommon zoonotic parasitic infection affecting human. The natural hosts for this nematode are animals such as dogs, cats, foxes, jackals, and raccoons. This disease is endemic in South Eastern United States, Australia, Europe, and Central and Southern Asia. Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens are the common mosquito borne filarial nematodes that cause infection. Several species of mosquitos including Mansonia uniformis, M. annulifera, and Aedes aegypti are the potential vectors for this disease in Sri Lanka. Two rare cases of dirofilariasis presenting as facial and intraoral lumps are presented.