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April 1984

Onchocerciasis in Israel

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Central Emek Hospital, Afula, Israel.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(4):505-507. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650400087019

• A 15-year-old boy with onchocerciasis had severe generalized pruritus of five months' duration. He had been born and raised in Ethiopia and had emigrated to Israel one year earlier. A biopsy specimen of an area of depigmentation on the right thigh disclosed microfilaria of Onchocerca volvulus in the dermis. The discovery of an unusual disease in a nonendemic area is an example of the increased complexity of differential diagnosis resulting from the ease of travel from one geographic region to another.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:505-507)

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