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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Research article

    Comparative clinico-pathological observations in young Zebu (Bos indicus) cattle experimentally infected with Trypanosoma vivax isolates from tsetse infested and non-tsetse areas of Northwest Ethiopia

    The Northwest region of Ethiopia is affected by both tsetse and non-tsetse transmitted trypanosomosis with a huge impact on livestock productivity. The objective of this experimental study was to determine cli...

    Shimelis Dagnachew, Getachew Terefe, Getachew Abebe, Asegedech Sirak, Enrico Bollo, Dave Barry and Bruno Goddeeris

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:307

    Published on: 23 December 2015

  15. Research article

    Dirofilaria immitis and Angiostrongylus vasorum: the contemporaneous detection in kennels

    The cardiopulmonary nematodes Dirofilaria immitis and Angiostrongylus vasorum are increasingly reported in dogs and are responsible for two diseases with overlapping endemic areas, especially in Europe: dirofilar...

    Luisa Del Prete, Maria Paola Maurelli, Saverio Pennacchio, Antonio Bosco, Vincenzo Musella, Lavinia Ciuca, Giuseppe Cringoli and Laura Rinaldi

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:305

    Published on: 21 December 2015

  16. Research article

    Impact of Meyerozyma guilliermondii isolated from chickens against Eimeria sp. protozoan, an in vitro analysis

    Avian coccidiosis is a disease caused worldwide by several species of parasite Eimeria that causes significant economic losses. This disease affects chickens development and production, that most of times is cont...

    Edgar Dantán-González, Rosa Estela Quiroz-Castañeda, Mayra Cobaxin-Cárdenas, Jorge Valle-Hernández, Yitzel Gama-Martínez, José Raunel Tinoco-Valencia, Leobardo Serrano-Carreón and Laura Ortiz-Hernández

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:278

    Published on: 9 November 2015

  17. Research article

    Evaluation of parameters related to libido and semen quality in Zebu bulls naturally infected with Trypanosoma vivax

    Trypanosomiasis is a disease caused by Trypanosoma (Dutonella) vivax, a hemoprotozoa that can affect bovines. In South America, the sanguineous form is mechanically transmitted from one mammalian host (ruminant) ...

    Joely FF Bittar, Paula B. Bassi, Dênia M. Moura, Guilherme C. Garcia, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, André B. Vasconcelos, Matheus F. Costa-Silva, Cristiano P. Barbosa, Márcio SS Araújo and Eustáquio R. Bittar

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:261

    Published on: 14 October 2015

  18. Research article

    Successful isolation of Leishmania infantum from Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from naturally infected dogs

    The main transmission route of Leishmania infantum is through the bites of sand flies. However, alternative mechanisms are being investigated, such as through the bites of ticks, which could have epidemiological ...

    Viviane Medeiros-Silva, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves, Nadjar Nitz, Lucia Emilia D’ Anduraim Morales, Laurício Monteiro Cruz, Isabele Gonçalves Sobral, Mariana Côrtes Boité, Gabriel Eduardo Melim Ferreira, Elisa Cupolillo and Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero

    BMC Veterinary Research 2015 11:258

    Published on: 9 October 2015

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