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Open Access item Factors affecting Dirofilaria immitis prevalence in red foxes in Northeastern Spain

Authors:Gortázar, Christian
Castillo Hernández, J. A.
Lucientes Curdi, Javier
Blanco, J. C.
Arriolabengoa, A.
Calvete, C.
Keywords:Heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, Red fox, Vulpes vulpes
Issue Date:Oct-1994
Publisher:Wildlife Disease Association
Citation:Journal of Wildlife Diseases 30(4): 545-547 (1994)
Abstract:We determined the prevalence of Dirofilaria immitis (Nematoda, Filariidae) among 433 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in northeastern Spain, between 1990 and 1992. Forty-six (11%) of 433 foxes were infected; the intensity ranged from 1 to 36 (mean ± SE; 4.39 ± 0.92) nematodes per host. The prevalence of D. immitis was higher in foxes inhabiting riparian zones of the study area. This population has a very high juvenile/adult ratio. Heartworm prevalences did not differ among host sex, weight, or fat condition categories.
Description:3 pages.-- PMID: 7760485 [PubMed].
Publisher version (URL):http://www.jwildlifedis.org/cgi/content/abstract/30/4/545
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