Extraintestinal nematode infections of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Hungary

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

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A survey was carried out to investigate the prevalence and worm burden of extraintestinal nematodes in 100 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) of Hungary. The overall prevalence of nematode infections of the respiratory tract was 76%. Eucoleus aerophilus (Capillaria aerophila) was the predominant species (66%), followed by Crenosoma vulpis (24%), Eucoleus (Capillaria) böhmi (8%) and Angiostrongylus vasorum (5%). Pearsonema (Capillaria) plica was found in 52% of the urinary bladders. In 3% of the foxes, Trichinella britovi was present in muscle samples. The high prevalence of lungworms and P. plica and the fox colonisation in urban areas may enhance the prevalence of these nematode infections in domestic dogs and cats, and the flow of T. britovi from the sylvatic cycle to the domestic cycle, enhancing the risk of infections in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-334
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 14 2003



  • Hungary
  • Pearsonema plica
  • Prevalence
  • Red fox
  • Trichinella britovi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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