Invasive forms of canine endoparasites as a potential threat to public health – A review and own studies

Mirosława Felsmann 1, Mirosław Michalski 2, Mariusz Felsmann 3, Rajmund Sokół 2, Józef Szarek 4, Emilia Strzyżewska-Worotyńska 4
1 - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Institute of Veterinary Medicine, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznań, Poland
2 - Department of Parasitology and Invasive Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
3 - Faculty of Health Science, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Pola
4 - Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med

ICID: 1235019
Article type: Original article
Dogs serve as the vectors of serious zoonotic parasitic diseases. In the month of May 2012 – 2014, 339 dog faeces samples from seven public sites in Chełmno, a town in northern Poland, were collected and examined to determine the gastrointestinal parasite fauna of dogs. Each faecal sample was dissected with a needle, checked for tapeworm segments and examined for parasite eggs and oocysts using the flotation and decantation method and a modified Baermann technique. Differences were observed in the degree of parasite species occurrence. The most dominant were Toxocara canis and Ancylostomatidae. The detected species included: T. canis and Toxascaris leonina eggs (23.4% and 10.2%, respectively), as well as eggs from the Ancylostomatidae family (16.2%), Trichuris vulpis eggs (6.6%), Taenia type eggs (4.6%), Dipylidium caninum (5.2%) and Cystoisospora (Isospora) spp. oocysts (10.9%).
DOI: 10.5604/12321966.1235019

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