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Human trichinellosis caused by Trichinella britovi in Greece, and literature review

  • D. Dimzas (a1), A. Diakou (a1), C. Koutras (a2), M.A. Gómez Morales (a3), D. Psalla (a4), P. Keryttopoulos (a2), D. Deligianni (a2), K. Kontotasios (a2) and Edoardo Pozio (a3)...


Trichinellosis is a cosmopolitan zoonotic parasitic disease caused by the nematodes of the genus Trichinella, through the consumption of raw or semi-raw infected meat from swine, horses and wild animals. This disease has been sporadically reported in Greece since 1946. The aim of the present study was to describe a trichinellosis case in a patient hospitalized in northern Greece, in 2017. A 47-year-old male was admitted to hospital with intense generalized myalgia, periorbital swelling, fever, exhaustion and anorexia. Biochemical and haematological profile showed eosinophilia and elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK). Anti-Trichinella spp. IgG and IgM antibodies were detected by serology and Trichinella spp. larvae were found in two muscle biopsies by compressorium and histological examination. A larva collected from the muscle biopsy was identified as Trichinella britovi by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Albendazole (400 mg twice per day × 10 days) was administered and the clinical condition of the patient promptly improved. This is the first identification of T. britovi in a patient in Greece.


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Human trichinellosis caused by Trichinella britovi in Greece, and literature review

  • D. Dimzas (a1), A. Diakou (a1), C. Koutras (a2), M.A. Gómez Morales (a3), D. Psalla (a4), P. Keryttopoulos (a2), D. Deligianni (a2), K. Kontotasios (a2) and Edoardo Pozio (a3)...


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