Autochtonous infection of dogs and slugs with Angiostrongylus vasorum in Hungary

Gábor Majoros, Orsolya Fukár, R. Farkas

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Abstract

On the course of a helminthological survey of the dogs of Baranya County, Hungary Angiostrongylus vasorum infection was detected in two asymptomatic dogs. Identification of the parasite was based on morphology of the first-stage larvae (L1) isolated from droppings, and successful experimental infection with first stage larvae to laboratory reared Discus rotundatus and Lissachatina fulica snails, in order to exclude species of the family Filaroididae that have similar larvae to A. vasorum. While angiostrongylosis is widespread among foxes, this is the first report of A. vasorum infection in housedog in Hungary. In gardens, where infected dogs were being kept 91 specimens of 6 species of limacid and arionid slugs were collected of which 5 specimens of Arion lusitanicus were found to carry larvae of A. vasorum. Dogs usually do not ingest such large slugs willingly. Frogs are known to act as paratenic hosts in the life cycle of A. vasorum. Since one of the infected dogs harboured also infection with the intestinal trematode Alaria alata, of which frogs certainly play the role of the second intermediate host, therefore it is assumed that in this case the dog became infected with A. vasorum by eating frogs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-354
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume174
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2010

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Angiostrongylus
Angiostrongylus vasorum
Gastropoda
Hungary
slugs
Dogs
Larva
dogs
Infection
infection
Anura
frogs
larvae
Filaroididae
Achatina fulica
paratenic hosts
Arion
Snails
intermediate hosts
Life Cycle Stages

Keywords

  • Angiostrongylus vasorum
  • Canine angiostrongylosis
  • French heartworm
  • Hungary

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  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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Autochtonous infection of dogs and slugs with Angiostrongylus vasorum in Hungary. / Majoros, Gábor; Fukár, Orsolya; Farkas, R.

In: Veterinary Parasitology, Vol. 174, No. 3-4, 15.12.2010, p. 351-354.

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Majoros, Gábor ; Fukár, Orsolya ; Farkas, R. / Autochtonous infection of dogs and slugs with Angiostrongylus vasorum in Hungary. In: Veterinary Parasitology. 2010 ; Vol. 174, No. 3-4. pp. 351-354.
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