Lungworm infections [Angiostrongylus vasorum Crenosoma vulpis, Aelurostrongylus abstrusus) in dogs and cats in Germany and Denmarkn 2003-2007

Institute of Parasitology, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Rudolf-Buchheim-Str. 2, 35392 Giessen, Germany.
Veterinary Parasitology (Impact Factor: 2.46). 11/2008; 159(2):175-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.10.005
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Faecal samples of 4151 dogs from Denmark, 958 dogs from Germany and 231 cats from Germany with clinical signs were examined for lungworm larvae using the Baermann funnel technique between 2003 and 2007. In total, 3.6% of Danish and German dogs shed lungworm larvae. In Denmark, patent infections of dogs with Angiostrongylus vasorum were more prevalent (2.2%) than those with Crenosoma vulpis (1.4%). In Denmark, the majority of A. vasorum- (98%) and C. vulpis-infected (80%) dogs originated from Northern Zealand. The frequency of A. vasorum and C. vulpis infections in Danish dogs obviously decreased from 2003 to 2006. In Germany, canine faecal samples were found more frequently positive for C. vulpis than for A. vasorum larvae (2.4% and 1.2%, respectively). Lungworm-infected dogs originated mainly from southern and western Germany. Larvae of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus were detected in 5.6% of cats from Germany. Overall, a distinct seasonal pattern in the detection of infected dogs was apparent for A. vasorum in Denmark and C. vulpis in Germany. The relatively high number of lungworm-infected dogs and cats indicate that these parasitic diseases should be considered in differential diagnosis of cases of treatment-resistant respiratory/cardiopulmonary distress.

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    • "Canine angiostrongylosis is a gastropod borne helminthic infection which was first reported in France in the 1800's. Patent infections were also observed in red fox, wolf and European badger [1] [2] [3] [4]. In Europe, the red fox is considered as the main reservoir host [5]. "
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