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Mansonella perstans


Definition: the “persistent filaria,” a species widely prevalent in tropic Africa and northern South America where it infects human peritoneal and other body cavities, but is nonpathogenic or only mildly so; characteristic subperiodic microfilariae occur in peripheral blood. It is transmitted in Africa by the biting midges Culicoides austeni and C. grahami.

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