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Korean J Parasitol. 1973 Aug;11(2):87-94. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1973.11.2.87
Copyright © 1973 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
On the Sparganum mansoni infection in some Korean terrestrial snakes
Seung Yull Cho,Koo Il Hwang and Byong Seol Seo
Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.

Distribution of Sparganum mansoni in 7 species of terrestrial snakes in Wonju City was surveyed. All kinds of snakes were found to be served as intermediate hosts of this larval worm except Elaphe schrenkii which has already been recorded as important host. Authors believe that Zamenis spinalis was firstly recorded as intermediate host of Sparganum mansoni in Korea.

Some aspects of infection status, host-parasite relations and sources of human infection were briefly discussed.


Fig. 1: A section through mass of free stage of Sparganum mansoni (×30). Thin encapsulation with meager inflammatory response.

Fig. 2: The conglomerated masses of S. mansoni on the subcutaneous tissue of Agkistrodon halys.

Fig. 3: Section through encapsulated stage (×30). Viable worm is still present within wall and thick fibrous encapsulation is infiltrated by lymphocytes.

Fig. 4: Encapsulated stage of S. mansoni in subcutaneous tissue of Dinodon rufozonatum.

Fig. 5: Section through degenerative stage (×30). Amorphous eosinophilic material is filled within the granulomatous encapsulation.

Fig. 6: Elevated portion of snake muscle suggests the hidden intramuscular infection.


Table 1
Infection rate and worm burden of Sparganum mansoni in snakes

Table 2
Habitat and status of Sparganum in snakes

Table 3
The distribution of Sparganum in snakes by species

Table 4
Infectivity of three pathological stages of Sparganum to dogs

Table 5
List of animals which has been recorded as natural intermediate hosts of Sparganum mansoni in Korea since 1925

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