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Author d’Ovidio, D. ♦ viello, Emilio ♦ Pepe, P. ♦ Del Prete, L. ♦ Cringoli, G. ♦ Rinaldi, L.
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health
Subject Keyword Hymenolepis nana ♦ Hymenolepis diminuta ♦ Pet rodents ♦ Squirrels ♦ Chinchillas ♦ Rats ♦ Mice ♦ FLOTAC ♦ Medical Microbiology ♦ Microbiology ♦ Immunology
Abstract We carried out the first survey of Hymenolepis spp. infection in pet rodents in Italy. Fresh fecal samples were collected from 172 pet rodents as follows: guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus; n = 60), squirrels (Callosciurus finlaysonii, Callosciurus prevosti, Tamias striatus, Tamias sibiricus, Sciurus calorinensis; n = 52), hamsters (Phodopus campbelli, Mesocricetus auratus; n = 30), chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera; n = 13), rats (Rattus norvegicus; n = 10), and mice (Mus minutoides; n = 7). These animals were housed either in pet shops or in private houses. All fecal samples were processed using the FLOTAC pellet technique to assess the number of eggs per gram (EPG) of feces. Eggs of Hymenolepis nana were found in 24 out of 172 (13.9 %; 95 % confidence interval = 9.3–20.2 %) pet rodents. Of those rodents, 41.6 % (10/24) were rats (mean EPG = 55.7; range = 2–200), 29.2 % (7/24) mice (mean EPG = 64.5; range = 32–120), 25.0 % (6/24) were chinchillas (mean EPG = 25.5; range = 10–50), and 4.2 % (1/24) hamsters (P. campbelli) (EPG = 86.0). In addition, Hymenolepis diminuta eggs were found in 2 out of 172 (1.2 %; 95 % confidence interval = 0.2–4.6 %) rodents examined, both of which (100 %; 2/2) were pet squirrels (C. prevosti) (mean EPG = 10; range = 4–16). To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of a natural infection of H. diminuta in pet squirrels.
ISSN 09320113
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-08-21
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14321955
Journal Parasitology Research
Volume Number 114
Issue Number 12
Page Count 4
Starting Page 4381
Ending Page 4384


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