A survey of helminths in domestic pigs was conducted in Khong District, Laos, to elucidate if these domestic animals could act as definitive hosts for Schistosoma mekongi and to obtain a general overview of their helminthological infection status. Fecal samples were collected from 98 pigs. Twelve pigs (12.2%) were found to excrete S. mekongi eggs. Infection was confirmed by detection of S. mekongi eggs in tissues of liver, rectum, and cecum of 2 pigs. A total of 75.8% of the pigs was infected with 1 or more helminth species. This study showed that pigs may act as a definitive host for S. mekongi.
The Pig as a Host for Schistosoma mekongi in Laos
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H. STRANDGAARD, M. V. JOHANSEN, K. PHOLSENA, K. TEIXAYAVONG, N. Ø. CHRISTENSEN; The Pig as a Host for Schistosoma mekongi in Laos. J Parasitol 1 June 2001; 87 (3): 708–709. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2001)087[0708:TPAAHF]2.0.CO;2
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