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Volume 8, Number 3—March 2002

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Enzootic Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Rats and Snails after an Outbreak of Human Eosinophilic Meningitis, Jamaica

John F. Lindo*, Cecilia Waugh*, John Hall*, Colette Cunningham-Myrie, Deanna Ashley, Mark L. Eberhard‡Comments to Author , James J. Sullivan‡, Henry S. Bishop‡, David G. Robinson§, Timothy Holtz‡, and Ralph D. Robinson*
Author affiliations: *University of the West Indies, Jamaica; †Ministry of Health, Kingston, Jamaica; ‡Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA; §Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture, Philadelphia, PA, USA;

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Recovery of Angiostrongylus cantonensis from rats and snails, Jamaica, 2000

Location Host No. infected/no. examined (%)
Rats
Freeport Rattus norvegicusR.rattus 6/10 (60)
0/0
Mandeville R. norvegicusR. rattus 10/17 (59)
0/0
Black River R. norvegicusR.rattus 2/11 (18)
1/4 (25)
Kingston R. norvegicusR.rattus 1/12 (8)
1/11 (9)
Lucea R. norvegicusR.rattus 1/15 (7)
0/0
Montego Bay R. norvegicusR.rattus 0/0
1/12 (8)
Port Antonio R. norvegicusR.rattus 0/8
0/3
Lime Hall R. norvegicusR.rattus 0/1
1/1 (100)
Snails
Mandeville Thelidomus asper 4/10 (40)
Brown’s Town Orthalicus jamaicensis Dentellaria sloaneana 0/27
0/2
Yallahs Orthalicus jamaicensis 0/6
Scott’s Pass Orthalicus jamaicensis 0/3

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