Parasitology Research

, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp 1297–1299 | Cite as

Alaria spp. mesocercariae in Eurasian badger (Meles meles) and wild boar (Sus scrofa) from the Białowieża Forest, north-eastern Poland

  • Zaida Rentería-Solís
  • Marta Kołodziej-Sobocińska
  • Katharina Riehn
Short Communication


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.


Alaria 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.

Funding information

This study was partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (grant no. MF150087).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FrankenförderForschungsgesellschaf t mbHLuckenwaldeGermany
  2. 2.Research Group Food Microbiology, Department ÖkothropologieHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  4. 4.Mammal Research InstitutePolish Academy of SciencesBiałowieżaPoland

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