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Coprological tests underestimate Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus burden in wild boar
- Gassó, Diana, Serrano, Emmanuel, Castillo-Contreras, Raquel, Aguilar, Xavier Fernández, Cadena, Andreu Colom, Velarde, Roser, Mentaberre, Gregorio, López-Olvera, Jorge Ramón, Risco, David, Gonçalves, Pilar, Lavín, Santiago, Fernandez-Llário, Pedro, Segalés, Joaquim, Ferrer, David
- Parasitology research 2016 v.115 no.5 pp. 2103-2105
- Sus scrofa, monitoring, parasites, risk, wild boars, wildlife, zoonoses, Spain
- The present study evaluated the limitations of the coprological sedimentation test to assess Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus infestation in 59 wild boars (Sus scrofa) from central Spain. The coprological sedimentation test appeared to be a poor predictor of both prevalence of infestation and the real parasite burden due to the high number of false negative results (prevalence was reduced from 61 to 16 %). Because of the potential increased risk of this zoonosis, it is suggested that alternative techniques be used in wildlife surveillance programmes.