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Volume 11, Number 10—October 2005

Letter

Angiostrongyliasis, Mainland China

Xiao-Guang Chen*Comments to Author , Hua Li*, and Zhao-Rong Lun†
Author affiliations: *Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China; †Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

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Clinical characteristics of patients with angiostrongyliasis in 2 outbreaks in China*

Characteristics Outbreak 1 (%) Outbreak 2 (%)
No. of patients 47 8
No. of male patients (%) 24 (51) 8 (100)
Age, y
Median 32 12
Range 6–58 11–13
Incubation (day)
Median 10.35 6
Range 1–27 5–7
Symptoms†, no. (%)
Headache 44 (93.6) 8 (100)
Nuchal rigidity or neck pain 0 6 (75.0)
Fatigue 7 (14.9) 7 (87.5)
Vomiting 9 (19.1) 8 (100)
Paresthesias 30 (63.8) 3 (37.5)
Muscle pain 43 (91.5) 8 (100)
Fever 27 (57.4) 3 (37.5)
Cough 4 (8.5) 0
Somnolence 4 (8.5) 7 (87.5)
Skin eruption 10 (21.3) 0
Skin itch 13 (27.7) 0
Laboratory detection
No. positive/no. examined (%)
Eosiniphils in cerebrospinal fluid 23/25 (92) 8/8 (100)
Eosinophils in blood 23/25 (92) 8/8 (100)
Serologic diagnosis 21/25 (84) NT
Pathogenic test ND 1/8‡ (12.5)

*NT, not tested; ND, not detected.
†No patients had visual disturbance or photophobia, hyperesthesias, muscle weakness, or diarrhea.
‡Two larvae were found in cerebrospinal fluid.

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