By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Officials in the southeastern Ukraine city of Melitopol are reporting the first human case of dirofilariasis this past January.

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The individual was confirmed as having dirofilariasis of the eyelid.

There has been 200 cases reported in Ukraine in the past two decades.

In recent years, experts say, there has been an increase in the incidence of dirofilariasis in those countries where it is considered rare. You can protect yourself from damage only by preventing mosquito bites.

The definitive treatment of Dirofilaria infection in humans is surgical removal of lung granulomas and nodules under the skin; this treatment is also curative.

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