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THE PREVALENCE OF GASTROINTESTINAL PARASITES IN RED FOXES (VULPES VULPES) FROM WESTERN ROMANIA – PRELIMINARY STUDY

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXI
Written by Marius Stelian ILIE, Kalman IMRE, Mirela IMRE, Ionela Denisa SORESCU, Ionela HOTEA, Sidonia ANDREI, Florin HORA, Corina BADEA, Sorin MORARIU, Gheorghe DĂRĂBUȘ

In this study, the gastrointestinal parasites and prevalence of infestation in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), were investigated at the laboratory of Parasitology of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Timisoara. During period December 2011 - January 2012, 20 red foxes from 12 hunting grounds of Arad County were necropsied. Animals were killed by shooting for establishing the effectiveness of rabies vaccination. Faecal samples and gastrointestinal masses were collected and examined for parasites. The presence of endoparasites was detected in 12 of 20 samples, and overall prevalence was 60%. Of the examined samples poliparasitism was observed in 10 (50%), and monoparasitism in 2 (10%). There were no significant differences between sex groups and intensity value. Male and female red foxes were infected with five genera from three classes of parasites: fluke - Alaria alata (40%), tapeworm (55%) - unidentified tapeworm (10%), Taenia taenieformis (10%), Taenia hydatigena (15%), Mesocestoides lineatus (40%), Taenia pisiformis (15%), roundworm (30%) - Ancylostoma spp., (25%), Pterygodermatites affinis (5%).

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