Secret cargo of mosquitoes: Dirofilaria repens detected for time in Austria

Until a short while ago, infections with the parasite Dirofilaria repens was regarded as a classical traveler’s disease. Mosquitoes from abroad passed the parasite on to dogs, in some cases even to humans. The most recent research data have shown, for the first time that the parasite has been imported to Austria and established here. In mosquitoes from the state of Burgenland, the scientists found larvae of the parasite. The infected mosquitoes possibly migrated to Austria through Eastern and Southern Europe.

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