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Title: Helminths of hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus and E.roumanicus from Poznań region, Poland- coprological study
Authors: Mizgajska-Wiktor, Hanna
Jarosz, Wojciech
Piłacińska, Barbara
Dziemian, Sylwia
Keywords: Helminths
Coprological examination
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Wiadomości Parazytologiczne 2010, 56(4), str. 329-332.
Abstract: Fecal samples from the hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus (15 samples) and E. roumanicus (44 samples) collected in the Poznań region of Poland were examined. Endoparasites were isolated using Sheather’s flotation technique. The prevalence of parasitic infections in all hedgehogs examined was 74.6% (E. europaeus – 73.3%; E. roumanicus – 75.0%). Two species of parasites occurred in both species of hosts: Aonchotheca erinacei (60% and 80%) and Eucoleus aerophilus (6.7% and 15.9%). Brachylaima erinacei was found only in E. europaeus (33.3%) while Physaloptera sp. (13.6%) and Crenosoma striatum (4.6%) only in E. roumanicus. The intensity of infection varied from 1 to 371 eggs/1g of feces in E. europaeus and from 1 to 194 eggs/1g of feces in E. roumanicus. In both sexes the majority of infections were of low intensity, high intensity infections occurring only sporadically. No zoonotic species of endoparasites were recorded in these samples.
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