Article ID: CBB001420542

Worms, Slugs and Humans: The Medical and Popular Construction of an Emerging Infectious Disease (2011)

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The identification of the worm Angiostrongylus costaricensis parasitizing land snails and humans in Southern Brazil suggests under-diagnosis and under-notification of patients with abdominal angiostrongyliasis. This article analyzes how the concept of abdominal angiostrongyliasis was constructed in different ways in Costa Rica and Brazil and how these changes affected the understanding of its clinical and epidemiological diagnosis. The research shows that abdominal angiostrongyliasis is, de facto, a sociocultural construct, although the parasites and vectors are real. The analisys also shows the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for understanding disease.

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Authors & Contributors
Koichi Kameda
Natalino Virdis
Pienaar, Kinar
Antonello Zanda
Ann H. Kelly
Löwy, Ilana
Journals
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Social Studies of Science
Nuova Rivista di Storia della Medicina
Journal of West African History
Social History of Medicine
Science Communication
Publishers
The University of North Carolina Press
University of California Press
Palgrave Macmillan
McFarland
Edizioni ETS
Concepts
Public health
Epidemiology
Disease and diseases
Parasitic diseases
Medicine
Diagnosis
People
Vallisneri, Antonio
Keys, Ancel
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
Prehistory
20th century, early
19th century
Places
Brazil
Sierra Leone
Bangladesh
Sardinia
United States
South Africa
Institutions
World Health Organization (WHO)
University of Cagliari
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna
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