New research from Spain shows ‘urgent need’ for prevention strategies to control potentially emerging zoonotic cause of eye infection, says One Health education about the condition is ‘essential’.
Paper (paywall): Spain as a dispersion model for Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm in dogs in Europe. (Marino et al, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.104883
A high prevalence of Thelazia callipaeda eyeworm infection exists in endemic areas.
Our data indicate the spread of thelaziosis in Spain and suggest underdiagnosed cases.
Animal and human thelaziosis should be included in the ocular differential diagnosis.
The role of health education under the umbrella of One Health is essential.