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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-84

Dipylidium caninum infection in a child: A rare case report

Department of Microbiology, MKCG Medical College Berhampur, Odisha, India

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M V Narasimham
Department of Microbiology, MKCG Medical College Berhampur, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.108738

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Dipylidiasis is a zoonotic parasitic infestation caused by the dog tapeworm Dipylidium caninum. Human dipylidiasis has been rarely reported in English literature. Young children are mostly at risk of acquiring the infection due to their close association with dogs and cats. We report a rare case of Dipylidium caninum infection in a 4 year old male child. The diagnosis was based on microscopic examination of stool. Confirmation of the proglottid segments was done by histopathological examination. To the best of our knowledge this is the first human case of Dipylidium caninum reported from this part of the country.


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