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Intermediate and paratenic hosts in the life cycle of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus in natural environment
- Jeżewski, Witold, Buńkowska-Gawlik, Katarzyna, Hildebrand, Joanna, Perec-Matysiak, Agnieszka, Laskowski, Zdzisław
- Veterinary parasitology 2013 v.198 no.3-4 pp. 401-405
- Aelurostrongylus, Apodemus agrarius, Arion, Felidae, amphibians, birds, cats, epidemiology, ingestion, lungworms, medicine, paratenic hosts, reptiles, rodents, slugs, snails
- The cat lungworm Aelurostrongylus abstrusus affects the domestic cats and other felids all over the world. Feline aelurostrongylosis is of importance in clinical feline medicine. Snails and slugs are the intermediate hosts, but the cat is probably infected by eating paratenic hosts, e.g., rodents, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Herein we present the first finding of A. abstrusus in a naturally infected invasive synantropic slugs Arion lusitanicus (intermediate host) and wild living rodents Apodemus agrarius (paratenic host). The results confirm the usefulness of molecular approaches for investigating the biology, ecology and epidemiology of A. abstrusus, the agent of feline aelurostrongylosis.