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Trichinella nativa in Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus - Spill-over From a Highly Endemic Terrestrial Ecosystem.
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PMID:  21506828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Trichinella infections of marine mammals pose a human health risk in Arctic regions where game meat is important part of the diet. In the last decade, the grey seal population of the subarctic Baltic Sea has reached a level at which hunting is possible and seal meat is now available for food. We conducted a survey on the occurrence of Trichinella spp. in grey seals Halichoerus grypus (n = 171) and ringed seals Phoca hispida botnica (n = 56) of the Baltic Sea in the coastal waters of Finland, a highly Trichinella sp. endemic area. Muscle samples were examined by mechanically assisted digestion method during 2006-2010. One grey seal was found positive for Trichinella nativa, while all samples from ringed seals were negative. The finding emphasizes the importance of proper meat inspection of seals intended for human consumption, especially in areas with high infection pressure.
Marja H Isomursu; Mervi Kunnasranta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-2-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of parasitology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1937-2345     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803124     Medline TA:  J Parasitol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Finnish Food Safety Authority, Evira, Finnish Food Safety Authority, Evira.
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