Parasitology Research

, Volume 87, Issue 10, pp 838–839

Echinococcus multilocularis in European wolves (Canis lupus)

  •  K. Martínek
  •  L. Kolářová
  •  E. Hapl
  •  I. Literák
  •  M. Uhrin
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s004360100452

Cite this article as:
Martínek, K., Kolářová, L., Hapl, E. et al. Parasitol Res (2001) 87: 838. doi:10.1007/s004360100452

Abstract.

Nested PCR was used as a diagnostic tool to investigate the presence of Echinococcus multilocularis tapeworm in protected species of carnivores in Slovakia. Twenty-three faecal samples from wolves, four samples from bears and three samples from lynx from the Muránska Planina mountains and eight samples from wolves from the Bukovské Vrchy mountains were examined. E. multilocularis DNA was detected in two samples of wolves' faeces from the Muránska Planina mountains and one sample from the Bukovské Vrchy mountains. Examination of bears' and lynx faecal samples gave negative results. The detection of E. multilocularis in wolves has extended the range of its known definitive hosts in Europe.

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Authors and Affiliations

  •  K. Martínek
    • 1
  •  L. Kolářová
    • 2
  •  E. Hapl
    • 3
  •  I. Literák
    • 4
  •  M. Uhrin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biology, University of West Bohemia, Klatovská 51, 306 19 Pilsen, Czech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Tropical Medicine, 3rd Clinic of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Faculty Hospital Bulovka, Studničkova 7, 128 00, Prague, Czech Republic
  3. 3.The Muránska planina National Park Administration Office, J. Kráľa 12, 050 01 Revúca, Slovak Republic
  4. 4.Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical University, Palackého 1–3, 612 42, Brno, Czech Republic

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