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Title: Epidemiological survey of zoonotic helminths in feral cats in Gran Canaria island (Macaronesian archipelago-Spain)
Authors: Rodriguez-Ponce, Eligia 
González, Jorge F. 
Conde de Felipe, Magnolia M. 
Hernández, Julia N. 
Raduan Jaber, J. 
UNESCO Clasification: 240112 Parasitología animal
310903 Inmunología
310907 Patología
Keywords: Macaronesian archipelago
Canary Islands
Prevalence
Zoonosis
Helminths
Feral cat
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: Acta Parasitologica 
Abstract: The presence of zoonotic parasites in feral cats have been widely considered all over the world. In Gran Canaria (Macaronesian archipelago, Canary Islands, Spain) the number of feral cats has grown out of control in urban and rural areas. 48 of Felis catus captured in different Gran Canaria areas were studied. Animals were necropsied and several organs were systematically examined in order to collect and identify macroscopic parasites. In addition, coprological tests were done in 28 cats. There were no statistically significant differences in the prevalence rate among sex, age or capture area, showing an overall prevalence of helminths of 77.1%. The most common tapeworms were Dipylidium caninum (64.6%) and Taenia taeniaeformis (31.3%), followed by the nematodes Toxocara cati (20.8%), Ancylostoma tubaeforme (18.8%), Aelurostrongylusabstrusus (10.4%) and Trichuris vulpis (2.08%). We also find several eggs of Alaria alata in the small intestine of one cat (2.08%), being the first description of this trematode in cats in the Canary Islands. Aproximatelly, 40% of the studied cats harboured more than one parasite. High rates of zoonotic species found in these animals suggest the need of controling parasitic infections and preventive measures against them.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/21207
ISSN: 1230-2821
DOI: 10.1515/ap-2016-0059
Source: Acta Parasitologica [ISSN 1230-2821], v. 61 (3), p. 443-450
Rights: by-nc-nd
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