A survey of Angiostrongylus species in definitive hosts in Queensland

Aghazadeh, Mahdis, Reid, Simon A., Aland, Kieran V., Restrepo, Angela Cadavid, Traub, Rebecca J., McCarthy, James S. and Jones, Malcolm K. (2015) A survey of Angiostrongylus species in definitive hosts in Queensland. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 4 3: 323-328. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.06.003

Author Aghazadeh, Mahdis
Reid, Simon A.
Aland, Kieran V.
Restrepo, Angela Cadavid
Traub, Rebecca J.
McCarthy, James S.
Jones, Malcolm K.
Title A survey of Angiostrongylus species in definitive hosts in Queensland
Journal name International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2213-2244
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.06.003
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 323
End page 328
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Despite the recent sporadic reports of angiostrongyliasis in humans, dogs and wildlife in eastern Australia there has been no systematic study to explore the epidemiology of Angiostrongylus spp. in definitive and intermediate hosts in the region. Little is known about the epidemiology of Angiostrongylus species in the definitive host in southeast Queensland, since the only survey conducted in this region was performed in the late 1960s. In this study, free-living populations of Rattus spp. were sampled and examined for the presence of adult and larval Angiostrongylus in the lungs, and of larvae in faeces. The prevalence of infection with Angiostrongylus spp. was 16.5% in Rattus spp. trapped in urban Brisbane and surrounds. This prevalence is much higher than estimates of earlier studies. This highlights the possible risk of zoonotic infection in children, dogs and wildlife in this region and indicates the necessity for public awareness as well as more detailed epidemiological studies on this parasite in eastern Australia.
Keyword Angiostrongylus cantonensis
Rat lungworm
Rattus rattus
Southeast Queensland
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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