Parasitology

Section edited by Diana Williams and Johannes Charlier

The parasitology section publishes research findings which focus on clinical, macro pathological, cell and molecular biological aspects of parasitological infections. This includes studies on livestock, companion animals, equines, wild animals, fish, laboratory animals and animal models of human infections. Studies on related zoonotic and emerging infections are also accepted.

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  1. Case Report

    Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in dogs from a cardiopulmonary dirofilariosis endemic area of Northwestern Italy: a case study and a retrospective data analysis

    In Italy, Angiostrongylus vasorum, an emergent parasite, is being diagnosed in dogs from areas considered free of infection so far. As clinical signs are multiple and common to other diseases, its diagnosis can b...

    Emanuela Olivieri, Sergio Aurelio Zanzani, Alessia Libera Gazzonis, Chiara Giudice, Paola Brambilla, Isa Alberti, Stefano Romussi, Rocco Lombardo, Carlo Maria Mortellaro, Barbara Banco, Federico Maria Vanzulli, Fabrizia Veronesi and Maria Teresa Manfredi

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:165

    Published on: 7 June 2017

  2. Research article

    High prevalence of Enterocytozoon bieneusi zoonotic genotype D in captive golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellanae) in zoos in China

    Enterocytozoon bieneusi is the dominant specie of microsporidia which can infect both anthroponotic and zoonotic species. The golden snub-nosed monkey is an endangered primate which ca...

    Fuchang Yu, Yayun Wu, Tongyi Li, Jianke Cao, Jiantang Wang, Suhui Hu, Huili Zhu, Sumei Zhang, Rongjun Wang, Changshen Ning and Longxian Zhang

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:158

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  3. Research article

    Parasitic outbreak of the copepod Balaenophilus manatorum in neonate loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from a head-starting program

    Diseases associated to external parasitosis are scarcely reported in sea turtles. During the last decades several organism have been documented as a part of normal epibiont community connected to sea turtles. ...

    J. L. Crespo-Picazo, D. García-Parraga, F. Domènech, J. Tomás, F. J. Aznar, J. Ortega and J. M. Corpa

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:154

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  4. Research article

    Eprinomectin pour-on (EPRINEX® Pour-on, Merial): efficacy against gastrointestinal and pulmonary nematodes and pharmacokinetics in sheep

    The anthelmintic efficacy of the 0.5% w/v topical formulation of eprinomectin (EPN), EPRINEX® Pour-on (Merial) when administered at 1 mg/kg body weight was evaluated in sheep in two dose confirmation laboratory s...

    Dietmar Hamel, Antonio Bosco, Laura Rinaldi, Giuseppe Cringoli, Karl-Heinz Kaulfuß, Michael Kellermann, James Fischer, Hailun Wang, Katrin Kley, Sandra Mayr, Renate Rauh, Martin Visser, Thea Wiefel, Becky Fankhauser and Steffen Rehbein

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:148

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  5. Research article

    A serosurvey of selected cystogenic coccidia in Spanish equids: first detection of anti-Besnoitia spp. specific antibodies in Europe

    Equine besnoitiosis, caused by Besnoitia bennetti, and equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), caused by Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi are relevant equine diseases in the Americas that have been scar...

    Daniel Gutiérrez-Expósito, Ignacio García-Bocanegra, Daniel K. Howe, Antonio Arenas-Montes, Michelle R. Yeargan, SallyAnne L. Ness, Luis M. Ortega-Mora and G. Álvarez-García

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:128

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  6. Research article

    A systematic review and meta-analysis of trypanosome prevalence in tsetse flies

    The optimisation of trypanosomosis control programs warrants a good knowledge of the main vector of animal and human trypanosomes in sub-Saharan Africa, the tsetse fly. An important aspect of the tsetse fly po...

    Reta D. Abdi, Getahun E. Agga, Weldegebrial G. Aregawi, Merga Bekana, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Vincent Delespaux and Luc Duchateau

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:100

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  7. Case Report

    First clinical case report of Cytauxzoon sp. infection in a domestic cat in France

    Feline cytauxzoonosis is an emerging infection caused by tick-transmitted apicomplexan parasites of the genus Cytauxzoon. The association of clinical disease with Cytauxzoon infection appears to be limited to C. ...

    Jean-Pierre Legroux, Lénaïg Halos, Magalie René-Martellet, Marielle Servonnet, Jean-Luc Pingret, Gilles Bourdoiseau, Gad Baneth and Luc Chabanne

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:81

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Quantification of resistant alleles in the β-tubulin gene of field strains of gastrointestinal nematodes and their relation with the faecal egg count reduction test

    Benzimidazole (BZ) resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes is associated with a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at codons 167, 198 and 200 in the isotype 1 of beta-tubulin gene although in some species t...

    Myriam Esteban-Ballesteros, Francisco A. Rojo-Vázquez, Philip J. Skuce, Lynsey Melville, Camino González-Lanza and María Martínez-Valladares

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:71

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in feral cats in Qatar

    Cats are essential in the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii as they can shed the environmentally resistant oocysts after acquiring infection. Human populations living in cities with high densities of feral cats are...

    Sonia Boughattas, Jerzy Behnke, Aarti Sharma and Marawan Abu-Madi

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:26

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Prevalence and genetic characterization of Cryptosporidium species and Giardia duodenalis in lambs in Oromia Special Zone, Central Ethiopia

    Cryptosporidium and Giardia duodenalis are gastro-intestinal parasites that infect human and animals worldwide. Both parasites share a broad host range and are believed to be zoonosis....

    Teklu Wegayehu, Md Robiul Karim, Junqiang Li, Haileeyesus Adamu, Berhanu Erko, Longxian Zhang and Getachew Tilahun

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:22

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Detection of Strongylus vulgaris in equine faecal samples by real-time PCR and larval culture – method comparison and occurrence assessment

    Strongylus vulgaris has become a rare parasite in Germany during the past 50 years due to the practice of frequent prophylactic anthelmintic therapy. To date, the emerging development ...

    A. Kaspar, K. Pfister, M. K. Nielsen, C. Silaghi, H. Fink and M. C. Scheuerle

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:19

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Laboratory cohabitation challenge model for shrimp hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis (HPM) caused by Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP)

    Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) causes hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis (HPM) in shrimp. It is probably endemic in Australasia and was first characterized and named from the giant o...

    Paul Vinu Salachan, Pattana Jaroenlak, Siripong Thitamadee, Ornchuma Itsathitphaisarn and Kallaya Sritunyalucksana

    BMC Veterinary Research 2017 13:9

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  13. Methodology article

    Development and evaluation of real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for rapid detection of cystic echinococcosis

    Cystic echinococcosis (CE) or hydatidosis, caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus (EG)-complex, is a neglected parasitic disease of public health importance. The disease is endemic in many African ...

    Mohamed E. Ahmed, Mawahib H. Eldigail, Fatima M. Elamin, Ibtisam A. Ali, Martin P. Grobusch and Imadeldin E. Aradaib

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:202

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  14. Research article

    The prevalence of Dirofilaria repens in cats, healthy dogs and dogs with concurrent babesiosis in an expansion zone in central Europe

    Dirofilaria repens is a mosquito-transmitted, filarial nematode parasitizing dogs, cats and other carnivores. Recently, this parasite has spread in central Europe, including Poland. Th...

    Anna Bajer, Anna Rodo, Ewa J. Mierzejewska, Katarzyna Tołkacz and Renata Welc-Faleciak

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:183

    Published on: 5 September 2016

  15. Research article

    Sarcoptic mange in the Scandinavian wolf Canis lupus population

    Sarcoptic mange, a parasitic disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei, is regularly reported on wolves Canis lupus in Scandinavia. We describe the distribution and transmission of this parasite within the sma...

    Boris Fuchs, Barbara Zimmermann, Petter Wabakken, Set Bornstein, Johan Månsson, Alina L. Evans, Olof Liberg, Håkan Sand, Jonas Kindberg, Erik O. Ågren and Jon M. Arnemo

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:156

    Published on: 27 July 2016

  16. Research article

    Rumen fluke in Irish sheep: prevalence, risk factors and molecular identification of two paramphistome species

    Rumen flukes are trematode parasites found globally; in tropical and sub-tropical climates, infection can result in paramphistomosis, which can have a deleterious impact on livestock. In Europe, rumen fluke is...

    Ana Maria Martinez-Ibeas, Maria Pia Munita, Kim Lawlor, Mary Sekiya, Grace Mulcahy and Riona Sayers

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:143

    Published on: 18 July 2016

  17. Research article

    Implementation of an extended ZINB model in the study of low levels of natural gastrointestinal nematode infections in adult sheep

    In this study, two traits related with resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN) were measured in 529 adult sheep: faecal egg count (FEC) and activity of immunoglobulin A in plasma (IgA). In dry years, FE...

    M. Atlija, J. M. Prada, B. Gutiérrez-Gil, F. A. Rojo-Vázquez, M. J. Stear, J. J. Arranz and M. Martínez-Valladares

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:97

    Published on: 10 June 2016

  18. Research article

    Three operational taxonomic units of Eimeria are common in Nigerian chickens and may undermine effective molecular diagnosis of coccidiosis

    Chicken is fast becoming the world’s most consumed meat. As a consequence poultry health is more important now than ever before, with pathogens of chickens recognised as serious threats to food security. One s...

    Isa D. Jatau, Idris A. Lawal, Jacob K. P. Kwaga, Fiona M. Tomley, Damer P. Blake and Andrew J. Nok

    BMC Veterinary Research 2016 12:86

    Published on: 4 June 2016

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