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Title: Current prevalence of Dirofilaria immitis in dogs, cats and humans from the island of Gran Canaria, Spain
Authors: Montoya Alonso, José Alberto 
Carretón Gomez, Elena 
Corbera Sánchez, Juan Alberto 
Juste de Santa Ana, Candelaria 
Mellado, I.
Morchon Garcia,Rodrigo 
Simón Martín,Fernando 
UNESCO Clasification: 310907 Patología
240112 Parasitología animal
Keywords: Dirofilaria immitis
Canine population
Human population
Heartworm disease, et al
Issue Date: 2011
Journal: Veterinary Parasitology 
Conference: 13th Triennial State of the Heartworm Symposium 2010 
Abstract: The island of Gran Canaria is a hyperendemic area for canine dirofilariasis. The aim of the present study was to provide data on Dirofilaria immitis in dogs, cats, and humans on this island in 2010. The data confirms the prevalence in the overall canine population (19%), with a considerably higher prevalence (43%) in the autochthonous breed of Canarian Warren hound. The prevalence in the feline population (33%) is higher than that of the canine population, and the existence of specific D. immitis antibodies in the inhabitants of the island of Gran Canaria (12%) is confirmed. In both cats and humans, the prevalence, according to the different climate areas on the island, is related to the prevalence of D. immitis in dogs in the same area, which shows the key epidemiological role played by the canine host with regard to the transmission to other hosts of D. immitis.
ISSN: 0304-4017
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.01.011
Source: Veterinary Parasitology [ISSN 0304-4017], v. 176, p. 291-294, (Marzo 2011)
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