Infection with Mansonella perstans Nematodes in Buruli Ulcer Patients, Ghana
Richard O. Phillips
, Michael Frimpong, Fred S. Sarfo, Birte Kretschmer, Marcus Beissner, Alexander Debrah, Yaw Ampem-Amoako, Kabiru M. Abass, William Thompson, Mabel Sarpong Duah, Justice Abotsi, Ohene Adjei, Bernhard Fleischer, Gisela Bretzel, Mark Wansbrough-Jones, and Marc Jacobsen
Author affiliations: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (R.O. Phillips, A. Debrah); Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi (R.O. Phillips, F.S. Sarfo, Y. Ampem-Amoako, O. Adjei); Kumasi Collaborative Centre for Research, Kumasi (M. Frimpong, M. Sarpong Duah); Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany (B. Kretschmer, B. Fleischer); University Hospital, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Munich, Germany (M. Beissner, G. Bretzel); Agogo Presbyterian Hospital, Agogo, Ghana (K.M. Abass, W. Thompson, J. Abotsi); St. George’s University of London, London, UK (M. Wansbrough-Jones); University Children’s Hospital, Dusseldorf, Germany (M. Jacobsen)
Figure 1. Mansonella perstans nematode in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Buruli ulcer patient in GhanaCells were stained with Giemsa (original magnification ×1,000)Mperstans nematodes can be distinguished from Loa loa and Wuchereria bancrofti nematodes by relative small size, detection in blood samples obtained during the day, and lack of a sheath.
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