We analyzed 927 wild boars (Sus scrofa) in southwestern Spain during the hunting seasons of 2004/2005 to 2008/2009. Respiratory tracts were examined for lung nematodes (Metastrongylus spp.). The prevalence of Metastrongylus spp. was 41.1%. The most frequently isolated species were Metastrongylus apri (71.4%), Metastrongylus pudendotectus (28.0%), and Metastrongylus salmi (0.6%). Prevalence and infection intensity were greater in young animals (<1 yr old) than in older animals. There were no significant differences in prevalence between sexes. Prevalence and intensity of infection were higher in areas of high altitude and high rainfall.
Epidemiologic Study of Lung Parasites (Metastrongylus spp.) in Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in Southwestern Spain
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Ángela María García-González, Juan Enrique Pérez-Martín, José Antonio Gamito-Santos, Rafael Calero-Bernal, María Alcaide Alonso, Eva María Frontera Carrión; Epidemiologic Study of Lung Parasites (Metastrongylus spp.) in Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) in Southwestern Spain. J Wildl Dis 1 January 2013; 49 (1): 157–162. doi: https://doi.org/10.7589/2011-07-217
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