Diogo Guerra - Dog days are not over...

Name and surname: Diogo Guerra


Social media: https://www.instagram.com/medical_vet_art/

Country: Portugal

Title: Dog days are not over… - Dirofilaria immitis (parasitic nematode)

Description: [EN] Heartworm disease, caused by D. immitis, is a vector-borne disease found in Mediterranean countries like Spain and Portugal, that can infect dogs, cats, wild canids, and, in some cases, humans. It is a One Health concern due to its increasing incidence, impact of climate change, and human alterations to the environment. This work raises awareness of the disease by depicting a third-stage larvae of the parasite in a small pulmonary arteriole of a dog, where it can be fatal. The illustration also shows the parasite's size relative to blood cells, particularly polymorphonuclear neutrophils, which are significant agents of the poorly-understood innate immune response against the parasite.

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Category: Scientific illustration

Technique: Digital Art (Adobe Photoshop + Adobe Illustrator)
Artificial intelligence: No
Size: 11 x 11 cm (300 dpi)
Year: 2022