Linguatula serrata

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Linguatula serrata is a tongue worm that can cause pentastomiasis or more specifically linguatuliasis (linguatulosis). It is so described due to its flattened serrated tongue like appearance while most tongue worms are actually round in shape. Human infection often follows the eating of raw meat. Infection usually causes upper respiratory tract symptoms such as a nasopharyngeal discharge, pricking sensation in throat, coughing, sneezing, yellow nasal and ears discharges, which can start as promptly as 2-3 hours after consuming raw meat[1][2] but it is also a cause of ocular[3][4] and visceral pentastomiasis[5].

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