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Hunting practices increase the prevalence of Trichinella infection in wolves from European Russia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11780851     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From 1998 to 2000, 184 animals (82 wolves, 29 red foxes, 55 mustelids, 5 raccoon dogs, and 13 domestic dogs), mainly shot by hunters in the Tvier and Smoliensk regions of northwest European Russia, were tested for Trichinella larvae; 98 animals (53.3%) were found to be positive. The highest prevalence was detected in wolf (97.5%). Trichinella nativa was the most common species detected (98%). The diet of wolves was investigated by examining the stomach contents of 62 animals (75.6% of the total number of wolves examined for Trichinella). It consisted mainly of dog (36.4% of the total number of occurrences of all food items, PFO) and moose (31.2 PFO); however, during the hunting seasons of 1998-1999 and 1999-2000, skinned wolf carcasses were left in the forest as bait (567 carcasses, about 18,000 kg). This very high prevalence of Trichinella infection, the highest ever detected in a natural population of carnivores, could be explained by carnivore-carnivore transmission, influenced by the hunting practices adopted in the study area.
E Pozio; A Casulli; V V Bologov; G Marucci; G La Rosa
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of parasitology     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0022-3395     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-08     Completed Date:  2002-01-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803124     Medline TA:  J Parasitol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1498-501     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Parasitology, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Domestic
Animals, Wild
Carnivora / parasitology*
DNA, Helminth / isolation & purification
Foxes / parasitology
Gastrointestinal Contents
Muscles / parasitology
Parasitic Diseases, Animal / epidemiology
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Russia / epidemiology
Trichinellosis / epidemiology,  veterinary*
Wolves / parasitology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/DNA, Helminth

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