Echinococcus felidis in hippopotamus, South Africa

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Halajian , A , Luus-Powell , W J , Roux , F , Nakao , M , Sasaki , M & Lavikainen , A 2017 , ' Echinococcus felidis in hippopotamus, South Africa ' , Veterinary Parasitology , vol. 243 , pp. 24-28 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2017.06.001

Title: Echinococcus felidis in hippopotamus, South Africa
Author: Halajian, Ali; Luus-Powell, Wilmien J.; Roux, Francois; Nakao, Minoru; Sasaki, Mizuki; Lavikainen, Antti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Medicum
Date: 2017-08-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Veterinary Parasitology
ISSN: 0304-4017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/297988
Abstract: Hydatid cysts of Echinococcus felidis are described from the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) from Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Among six hippopotami investigated, hepatic hydatids were found in three. The identification was based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. In addition, the rostellar hook morphology was analysed. This is the first morphological description of the metacestode of E. felidis, and the first molecularly confirmed report of the intermediate host of E. felidis in South Africa. The definitive host of E. felidis in South Africa is the lion (Panthera leo).
Subject: Echinococcosis
Hippopotamus
South Africa
Rostellar hooks
WILDLIFE
413 Veterinary science
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