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Intestinal parasites found in the research group of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: preliminary results.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12381615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) are critically endangered, remaining only in two isolated populations in Central Africa. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and intensity of intestinal parasites in a single group of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda over 7 weeks from June to August 2000. Fecal samples were collected from night nests and transported in formalin for examination at Cornell University and the Centers for Disease Control. All fecal samples were examined microscopically for parasitic larvae, cysts, and eggs. The following were found: strongylid eggs, Probstymaria sp. larvae, and two parasitic nematode larvae that were not identified. Additional examination techniques will be used to further examine the fecal material specifically for protozoan cysts. An increasing threat to this group of gorillas is the presence of local field assistants and researchers. We found no evidence of human parasites in the fecal samples from this gorilla group.
Authors:
Jessica M Rothman; Dwight D Bowman; Mark L Eberhard; Alice N Pell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  969     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-16     Completed Date:  2002-12-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  346-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Cornell University, Ithaca New York 14853, USA. jmr12@cornell.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Ape Diseases / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  parasitology
Feces / parasitology*
Female
Gorilla gorilla / parasitology*
Humans
Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  parasitology,  veterinary*
Male
Nematoda / isolation & purification
Parasite Egg Count / veterinary
Prevalence
Strongyloides / isolation & purification
Uganda / epidemiology
Zoonoses

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