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Helminth parasites of the wild boar, Sus scrofa, in Luristan province, western Iran and their public health significance

  • S. Solaymani-Mohammadi (a1), I. Mobedi (a1), M. Rezaian (a1), J. Massoud (a1), M. Mohebali (a1), H. Hooshyar (a2), K. Ashrafi (a3) and M.B. Rokni (a1)...

Seven helminth species were obtained from 12 wild boars (Sus scrofa) during a survey from 2000 to 2001 in Luristan province, western Iran. These species include the cestode larvae Cysticercus tenuicollis (25%), C. cellulosae (8.3%), the nematodes Metastrongylus apri (41.6%), M. pudendotectus (16.6%), M. salmi (8.3%), Trichuris suis (8.3%) and the acanthocephalan Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus (41.6%). No trematodes were found. Seven wild boars (58.3%) were identified as having at least one helminth species. A single infection was detected in 16.6% of cases, but a three species infection covered the highest rank (25%). All these helminths have been reported from other areas of Iran including the north, northeast and southwest, but not in Luristan. Among seven helminths identified, at least three species are transmissible to humans. The public health significance of these helminths is discussed.

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