Journal article

A survey of Angiostrongylus species in definitive hosts in Queensland

Mahdis Aghazadeh, Simon A Reid, Kieran V Aland, Angela Cadavid Restrepo, Rebecca J Traub, James S McCarthy, Malcolm K Jones

International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife | ELSEVIER | Published : 2015

Abstract

Despite the recent sporadic reports of angiostrongyliasis in humans, dogs and wildlife in eastern Australia there has been no systematic study to explore the epidemiology of Angiostrongylus spp. in definitive and intermediate hosts in the region. Little is known about the epidemiology of Angiostrongylus species in the definitive host in southeast Queensland, since the only survey conducted in this region was performed in the late 1960s. In this study, free-living populations of Rattus spp. were sampled and examined for the presence of adult and larval Angiostrongylus in the lungs, and of larvae in faeces. The prevalence of infection with Angiostrongylus spp. was 16.5% in Rattus spp. trapped ..

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