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DIGESTIVE PARASITE FAUNA IN HARE (LEPUS EUROPAEUS) IN WESTERN ROMANIA

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXI
Written by Florin Ştefan HORA, Narcisa MEDERLE, Corina BADEA, Elena Mihaela TILIBAŞA, Marius Stelian ILIE,Gheorghe DĂRĂBUȘ

During the period November 2013 - February 2014, 24 adult hunted hare (Lepus europaeus) from four hunting sites of Arad County were subjected necropsy. Of them, 13 were males and 11 females. The gastrointestinal mass from each was examined to determine the digestive parasites, macro- and microscopic examination were performed. Each segment of the digestive tube was sectioned, the mucosa and the gastrointestinal content were carefully examined and for the gastrointestinal mass successive washes method was used. The gastrointestinal content and also each segment of digestive tube (previously washed) were microscopically examined by stereomicroscope. The faeces found in the large intestine were examined by flotation method (Willis). Of the 24 samples examined, 21 were positive for gastrointestinal parasites, (prevalence of 87.50%). The most prevalent parasitism was with Eimeria spp., found in 17 samples (80.95 %), other parasites identified were: Cysticercus pisiformis found in two samples (9.52 %), Trichocephalus leporis in 13 samples (61, 90 %) and Trichostrongylus spp. in seven samples (33.33 %). The parasitism with gastrointestinal helminths and larval cestodes in hare represent risk factors for rabbits and domestic carnivores

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