Association between nutritional indicators and infectivity of dogs seroreactive for Trypanosoma cruzi in a rural area of northwestern Argentina.
RM Petersen, RE Gürtler, MC Cecere, DN Rubel, MA Lauricella, D Hansen, MA Carlomagno
Parasitology Research | Published : 2001
The association between the nutritional state of mongrel dogs naturally infected with Trypanosoma cruzi and their infectivity to Triatoma infestans bugs and immune response to Trypanosoma cruzi were studied in the rural village of Amamá, northwestern Argentina. All of the 97 evaluated dogs were classified into one of three categories of external clinical aspect (ECA) based on the degree of muscle development, external evidence of bone structures, state of the hair of the coat, existence of fatty deposits, and facial expression. ECA was significantly associated with two nutritional indicators, hematocrit and skin-fold thickness, but not with total serum proteins. For all dogs, hematocrit was ..View full abstract