Comparative epidemiology of Dirofilaria roemeri infection in two regions of Queensland

Spratt D.M. (1974) Comparative epidemiology of Dirofilaria roemeri infection in two regions of Queensland. International Journal for Parasitology, 4 5: 481-488. doi:10.1016/0020-7519(74)90065-4


Author Spratt D.M.
Title Comparative epidemiology of Dirofilaria roemeri infection in two regions of Queensland
Journal name International Journal for Parasitology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7519
Publication date 1974-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0020-7519(74)90065-4
Volume 4
Issue 5
Start page 481
End page 488
Total pages 8
Subject 2405 Parasitology
2725 Infectious Diseases
Abstract The occurrence of Dirofilaria roemeri in definitive and intermediate hosts in two separate areas in southeast Queensland, is compared. The presence of D. roemeri in a macropod species in a defined region is determined by both the geographic distribution and the biting behaviour of those species of tabanid fly which are capable of acting as intermediate host. The seasonal succession and seasonal abundance of 4 tabanid species at Durakai and 8 tabanid species at Allan are responsible for a seasonal pattern of transmission of this filarioid. Moderate to low levels of transmission occur from November through March. Maximum transmission occurs in April associated with the peak in population of Dasybasis hebes, the most important tabanid involved in transmission of D. roemeri in both areas. Findings indicate that the wallaroo is the source of infection for tabanid flies and acts as the reservoir of infection for grey kangaroos and red-necked wallabies, in southeast Queensland. Transmission of D. roemeri is discussed in the light of behavioural interactions between definitive and intermediate hosts.
Keyword behaviour
comparative epidemiology
Dasybasis hebes
Dirofilaria roemeri
eastern grey kangaroo
eastern wallaroo
Filarioidea
red-necked wallaby
seasonal transmission
southeast Queensland
Tabanidae
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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