Mansonella ozzardi is a parasitic nematode (roundworm) that can infect humans, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. The infection is transmitted through the bite of infected blackflies.
Most people with M. ozzardi infections do not have any symptoms, but some may experience skin rashes, joint pain, and swelling of the lymph nodes, among other mild symptoms. In rare cases, the infection can lead to more severe complications, such as inflammation of the heart or central nervous system.
Diagnosis of M. ozzardi infection is typically done through a blood test that looks for antibodies against the parasite. Treatment may involve medications such as ivermectin or albendazole, which can help to eliminate the parasites. Preventive measures, such as using insect repellent and protective clothing to avoid blackfly bites, can also help to reduce the risk of infection. It is important to consult a healthcare professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of Mansonella ozzardi infection.