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Infection of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) with Echinococcus multilocularis during the years 2001–2004 in Poland

Abstract

During the period of 2001–2004, 1,514 red foxes from the north and the southeast of Poland were sampled and examined parasitologically for infections with Echinococcus multilocularis. A mean 23.8% were found infected in the whole study area. The highest prevalence (50.0–62.9%) was found in some counties in the northeastern (Warmia–Mazuria) and the southeastern (Carpathian Foothill) part of the country. During the study period, significant differences in the prevalence were found on a regional level. Based on the results obtained to date, the paper presents an overview of the current epidemiological situation of E. multilocularis in the fox population in Poland.

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We would like to thank the workers of the Veterinary Hygienic Stations in Gdańsk, Krosno and Bydgoszcz for samples collection. This work was supported by the EU grant EchinoRisk QLK2-CT-2001-01995.

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Malczewski, A., Gawor, J. & Malczewska, M. Infection of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) with Echinococcus multilocularis during the years 2001–2004 in Poland. Parasitol Res 103, 501–505 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-008-0990-8

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Keywords

  • Rabies
  • Slovak Republic
  • Alveolar Echinococcosis
  • Permanent Grassland
  • Vulpes Vulpes