Molecular identification of novel intermediate host species of Angiostrongylus vasorum in Greater London

Patel, Zainab, Gill, A. Christina, Fox, Mark T., Hermosilla, Carlos, Backeljau, Thierry, Breugelmans, Karin, Keevash, Esther, McEwan, Claudia, Aghazadeh, Mahdis and Elson-Riggins, Jocelyn G. (2014) Molecular identification of novel intermediate host species of Angiostrongylus vasorum in Greater London. Parasitology Research, 113 12: 4363-4369. doi:10.1007/s00436-014-4111-6


Author Patel, Zainab
Gill, A. Christina
Fox, Mark T.
Hermosilla, Carlos
Backeljau, Thierry
Breugelmans, Karin
Keevash, Esther
McEwan, Claudia
Aghazadeh, Mahdis
Elson-Riggins, Jocelyn G.
Title Molecular identification of novel intermediate host species of Angiostrongylus vasorum in Greater London
Formatted title
Molecular identification of novel intermediate host species of Angiostrongylus vasorum in Greater London
Journal name Parasitology Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0932-0113
1432-1955
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00436-014-4111-6
Volume 113
Issue 12
Start page 4363
End page 4369
Total pages 7
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Angiostrongylus vasorum is a parasitic nematode that can cause serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and other canids. The aim of this study was to determine the intermediate slug species infected in nature by sampling sites in Greater London and Hertfordshire located within a known hyperendemic region. Overall, A. vasorum larvae were recovered from 6/381 slugs (1.6 %) by tissue digestion, and their identity was confirmed by PCR. Infected slugs originated from three different sites in the Greater London area: one in Waltham Forest and two in Bromley. Slugs parasitised by A. vasorum were identified by a combination of external morphological characteristics and molecular techniques and belonged to three different families: the Arionidae, the Milacidae and the Limacidae. This includes two new host records for the parasite: Arion distinctus and Tandonia sowerbyi. This is the first record of A. vasorum in the family Milacidae, indicating that the parasite has a broader intermediate host range than previously recognised.
Keyword Angiostrongylus vasorum
Slug
Tissue digestion
PCR
Greater London
Arionidae
Milacidae
Limacidae
Arion hortensis complex
Canine angiostrongylosis
Dogs
Infection
Pulmonata
Britain
Amplification
Helminths
Mollusca
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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