Gongylonema pulchrum infection in a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, verified by genetic analysis

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Oct;89(4):755-7. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0355. Epub 2013 Aug 19.


We describe the thirteenth reported case of human infection with Gongylonema spp. in the United States and the first to be confirmed as Gongylonema pulchrum. The parasite described was isolated from the oral cavity of a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. The identity of the parasite was verified through morphological and genetic approaches, and provided the first genetic confirmation of a Gongylonema sp. in humans.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA, Helminth / genetics
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Mouth Diseases / epidemiology
  • Mouth Diseases / parasitology*
  • Spirurida Infections / epidemiology
  • Spirurida Infections / parasitology*
  • Spiruroidea / genetics*
  • Virginia / epidemiology


  • DNA, Helminth