Echinococcus multilocularis and Trichinella spiralis in golden jackals (Canis aureus) of Hungary

Z. Széll, G. Marucci, E. Pozio, T. Sréter

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Over the last decades the distribution area of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) has increased significantly in Europe, particularly in the Balkan Peninsula and in Central Europe. Vagrant individuals were described in many European countries. Herein, we report Echinococcus multilocularis (total worm count: 412) and Trichinella spiralis (101 larvae/g for muscles of the lower forelimb) infections in two golden jackals shot in Hungary. It is a new host record of E. multilocularis and T. spiralis in Europe and Hungary, respectively. As jackals migrate for long distances through natural ecological corridors (e.g., river valleys), they may play a significant role in the long distance spread of zoonotic parasites into non-endemic areas of Europe. Therefore, monitoring zoonotic parasites in this host species can be recommended in the European Union.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-396
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 18 2013


  • Canis aureus
  • Echinococcus multilocularis
  • Europe
  • Golden jackal
  • Hungary
  • Trichinella spiralis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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