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Paragonimus westermani

Taxonomy ID 34504

The lung fluke Paragonimus westermani is found in Southeast Asia and Japan, and is the most common cause of paragonimiasis. Infection is characterised by chronic inflammatory lung disease, though in severe cases the parasite can also infect the brain and CNS. P. westermani has two intermediate hosts: freshwater snails and crustaceans. The definitive host (such as humans) is infected upon ingestion of undercooked freshwater crabs and crayfish.

Genome Projects

There are 2 genome projects for Paragonimus westermani:

  • PRJNA219632: Paragonimus westermani is a trematode of the family Paragonimidae. It is the most common species of lung fluke that infects humans. P. westermani causes a sub-acute to chronic inflammatory disease of the lung, called Paragonimiasis. The disease is most prevalent in eastern Asia and South America. (Strain 180907_Pwestermani)
  • PRJNA454344