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The Pig as a Host for Schistosoma mekongi in Laos

H. Strandgaard, M. V. Johansen, K. Pholsena, K. Teixayavong and N. Ø. Christensen
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 87, No. 3 (Jun., 2001), pp. 708-709
DOI: 10.2307/3285118
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3285118
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Abstract

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.

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