Nematodes are roundworms characterized by a tough outer cuticle, unsegmented bodies, and a fully developed gastrointestinal tract. The order Strongylida includes hookworms and lungworms. Metastrongyloidea are characterized as long, slender, threadlike worms that reside in the lungs of the definitive host. Angiostrongylus costaricensis is a closely related worm that causes intestinal Angiostrongyliasis.
Symptoms of Angiostrongylus: Symptoms of disease is fever, headache, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, tingling, severe sensitivity of touch, skin diseases, blindness, paralysis, coma, sometimes it may leads to death. Types of Angiostrongylus: There are 2 types of Angiostrongylus they are reservoirs and vectors. These plays a vital role in infection of disease
Statistics: Autochthonous Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection has been little recognized in the continental United States with the exception of Louisiana. In contrast, it was recognized in Hawai‘i in the early 1960s, and the parasite has been considered endemic since. However, infections were rare until late 2004, when a case cluster was noted on the Island of Hawai‘i. While still uncommon, A. cantonensis infection has continued to emerge throughout the state, especially on the Island of Hawai‘i. Despite increased community awareness, the diagnosis is commonly missed, and the lack of diagnostic tests as well as the challenge of educating clinicians and the public are constant limitations to the prevention and control of this emerging infection