Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 175–178 | Cite as

Case Report of dirofilariasis in grey wolf in Serbia

  • Pavle Gavrilović
  • Gordana Blitva-Robertson
  • József Özvegy
  • Ferenc Kiskároly
  • Zsolt BecskeiEmail author
Research Note


This paper describes a case of dirofilariasis in a two-year old, female grey wolf (Canis lupus lupus). The autopsy revealed the presence of 42 adult forms of Dirofilaria immitis in the pulmonary artery, right ventricle and right atrium, varying in length from 9.5 to 30 cm. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the second report of D. immitis in grey wolves in Serbia. Our finding confirms that the wolf, as a subspecies distinct from the dog, should also be considered as a very suitable definitive host for dirofilariasis.

Key words

Dirofilaria immitis dirofilariasis wolf Serbia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavle Gavrilović
    • 1
  • Gordana Blitva-Robertson
    • 2
  • József Özvegy
    • 3
  • Ferenc Kiskároly
    • 4
  • Zsolt Becskei
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department for Pathology and ParasitologyVeterinary Specialized Institute “Pančevo”Serbia
  2. 2.Veterinary Clinic “Mondo Animale”Serbia
  3. 3.Belgrade Zoo GardenBelgradeSerbia
  4. 4.Department for Microbiology and ParasitologyVeterinary Specialized Institute “Subotica”Serbia
  5. 5.Department for Animal Breeding and GeneticsFaculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of BelgradeSerbia

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