The pig as a host for Schistosoma mekongi in Laos

Title
The pig as a host for Schistosoma mekongi in Laos
Authors
Strandgaard, H; Johansen, MV; Pholsena, K; Teixayavong, K; Christensen, NO
Keywords
JAPONICUM
Issue Date
2001
Publisher
J PARASITOL
Citation
J. Parasitol.;JUN;2001;87;3
Abstract
A survey of helminths in domestic pigs was conducted in Khong District, Laos, to elucidate if these domestic animals could act as definitive hosts for Schistosoma mekongi and to obtain a general overview of their helminthological infection status. Fecal samples were collected from 98 pigs. Twelve pigs (12.2%) were found to excrete S. mekongi eggs. Infection was confirmed by detection of S. mekongi eggs in tissues of liver, rectum, and cecum of 2 pigs. A total of 75.8% of the pigs was infected with 1 or more helminth species. This study showed that pigs may act as a definitive host for S. mekongi.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2614
ISSN
0022-3395
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2.Ministry of Health > Journal articles
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