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Helminths in rodents from Wet Markets in Thailand

Ribas, A., Saijuntha, W., Agatsuma, T., Thongjun, C., Lamsan, K., Poonlaphdecha, S.
Helminthologia 2016 v.53 no.4 pp. 326-330
Rattus exulans, Rattus norvegicus, feces, helminthiasis, helminths, human health, humans, markets, rats, surveys, zoonoses, Thailand
Only a few surveys have ever been carried out of the helminths of the commensal rodents found in the traditional wet markets that play such an important part of daily life in South-east Asia. The potential of rodents as reservoirs of zoonoses including helminths is of great interest since in these markets humans and rodents come into closer contact than in other environments and food may be indirectly contaminated via rodent faeces. Helminths in a total of 98 rats belonging to two species (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus exulans) were surveyed in eight traditional wet markets in Udon Thani, Thailand. Thirteen species of helminths were recovered, seven of which are potentially zoo-notic, with an overall prevalence of 89.8 %. Our results show that rodents in wet markets could pose a threat to human health as potential reservoirs of zoonotic helminthiases.