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Helminth parasites of dogs from two resource-limited communities in South Africa : research communication

W.N. Minnaar, R.C. Krecek, J.I. Rajput
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 70, No 2 | a761 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v70i2.761 | © 1999 W.N. Minnaar, R.C. Krecek, J.I. Rajput | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1999 | Published: 12 July 1999

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Abstract

Biological samples were collected from dogs in resource-limited communities in the North-West and Gauteng Provinces of South Africa to assess the prevalence of helminth parasitism. These samples included adhesive tape peri-anal skin swabs and fresh faecal samples for helminth examination, and thick and thin blood films (smears) and whole-blood samples in anticoagulant for examination of filarial nematode microfilariae and haemoprotozoa. The eggs of Ancylostoma caninum, Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina, Dipylidium caninum and taeniids were identified. None of the blood samples and smears tested positive for microfilariae of Dirofilaria immitis or Dipetalonema spp. or for haemoprotozoa. The adhesive tape swabs were negative for cestode eggs and segments. Most of the helminth parasites identified in this study are zoonotic and consequently are regarded as a public health hazard.

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Dogs; Gauteng Province; Helminth Parasites; North-West Province; Resourcelimited Communities

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