Alaria spp. mesocercariae in Eurasian badger (Meles meles) and wild boar (Sus scrofa) from the Białowieża Forest, north-eastern Poland
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Alaria spp. mesocercariae are commonly found in wild boar and other omnivorous mammals. In Europe, the number of cases presenting Alaria mesocercariae infections has been on the rise in the last years. From October to December 2016, samples of muscle from tongue, neck, and mandibular regions were collected from 1 Eurasian badger (Meles meles) and 14 wild boars (Sus scrofa) hunted in the Białowieża Forest, north-eastern Poland. Using the Alaria migration technique (AMT), Alaria mesocercariae were isolated and morphologically identified in one badger and one wild boar. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of Alaria mesocercariae in paratenic hosts from the Białowieża Forest.
KeywordsAlaria spp. Badger Meles meles Sus scrofa Białowieża Forest
The authors are grateful to L. Flores (Frankenförder Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Luckenwalde, Germany) for his insights and comments during the writing process of this manuscript, Dariusz Chilecki from MRI PAS for the technical assistance in material collection, and hunters for the opportunity of the material acquisition from hunted animals. The authors are also grateful to the three anonymous reviewers for their suggestions and comments.
This study was partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (grant no. MF150087).
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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