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POSSIBLE INTRAFAMILIAL TRANSMISSION OF TOXOCARA CAUSING EOSINOPHILIC MENINGITIS IN AN INFANT

Keller, Merle MD; Pavia, Andrew T. MD; Byington, Carrie L. MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: September 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 9 - pp 849-850
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3181719bd1
Brief Reports

Human toxocariasis can result from the inadvertent ingestion of embryonated eggs of Toxocara canis or Toxocara cati from environmental sources such as dirt, sand, or foods carrying contaminated soil. We report a case in an infant resulting in eosinophilic meningitis and prolonged fever. The case illustrates probable intrafamilial transmission, a mode of transmission that has not been previously documented.

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

Accepted for publication February 29, 2008.

This manuscript was reviewed and approved by the patient's parents.

Address for correspondence: Carrie L. Byington, MD, 50 North Medical Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84132. E-mail: Carrie.Byington@hsc.utah.edu.

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