Check out the “Filariasis months” (March-April 2024) by Idzi Potters!

March 12, 2024

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Parasitology

March and April 2024 are Filariasis Months courtesy of Idzi Potters on parasitewonders.blogspot.com.

Once a week, a new case is posted online. Share your thoughts in the comments and try to come up with the right identification.

You may want to brush up on your filariae/microfilariae diagnostic skills in preparation. Here are a few resources to help you:

  1.  World Health Organization Bench Aids for the Diagnosis of Filarial Infections. Available here: https://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/diagnosticprocedures/index.html (see the section on filariasis near the bottom right of the page)
  2. CDC DPDx – Laboratory Identification of Parasites of Public Health Concern:
  3. Mathison, Couturier, and Pritt Diagnostic Identification and Differentiation of Microfilariae. J Clin Microbiol 2019. https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/jcm.00706-19

Good luck and have fun!

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