Journal article

Molecular detection of Strongyloides sp. in Australian Thoroughbred foals

Ghazanfar Abbas, Abdul Ghafar, Anson Koehler, Jenni Bauquier, Edwina JA Wilkes, Caroline Jacobson, Anne Beasley, John Hurley, Lucy Cudmore, Peter Carrigan, Brett Tennent-Brown, Charles El-Hage, Martin K Nielsen, Charles G Gauci, Kristopher J Hughes, Ian Beveridge, Abdul Jabbar

PARASITES & VECTORS | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Strongyloides westeri is found in the small intestine of young horses, mainly in foals up to about 16 weeks of age. The main source of infection for foals is through transmammary transmission, and foals can develop acute diarrhoea, weakness, dermatitis and respiratory signs. The epidemiology of S. westeri in Australia is largely unknown. Further, molecular techniques have never been employed for detection of S. westeri in horses. This pilot study aimed to assess the utility of a molecular phylogenetic method for the detection of S. westeri in the faeces of foals. METHODS: Faecal samples were collected from a foal of less than 2 months of age, and eggs of Strongyloides sp. were de..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The financial assistance for this project was provided by the AgriFutures Australia, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Boehringer Ingelheim, Australia. GA is a grateful recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Scholarship through the University of Melbourne.