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Helminth communities in murid rodents from southern and northern localities in Lao PDR: the role of habitat and season

  • N. Pakdeenarong (a1), P. Siribat (a1), K. Chaisiri (a2), B. Douangboupha (a3), A. Ribas (a4), Y. Chaval (a5), V. Herbreteau (a6) and S. Morand (a7) (a8) (a9)...
Abstract

The helminth communities of wild murid rodents were investigated in Luang Prabang and Champasak province, Lao PDR. Thirteen species of rodents (404 individuals) were infected by 19 species of parasites (2 trematode, 3 cestode, 14 nematode species). Four of the recorded helminth species (Echinostoma malayanum, Raillietina sp., Hymenolepis diminuta and H. nana) are known to cause potential zoonotic helminthiases of medical importance in the South-East Asian region. Individual helminth infection was significantly higher in the wet season. Habitat significantly influenced individual helminth species richness and individual helminth abudance, with a decrease of individual helminth species richness and individual helminth abundance from forest habitat to agricultural and human settlement habitats. The reduction of helminth diversity and abundance is discussed in relation to the ongoing increase of human influence on habitats in Lao PDR.

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