Acta Parasitologica

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 278–283 | Cite as

Follow-up study of prevalence and control of ascariasis in swine populations in Serbia

  • Tamara Ilić
  • Zsolt Becskei
  • Aleksandar Tasić
  • Sanda Dimitrijević
Original Paper


The cause of the most significant helminth diseases in swine — Ascaris suum, can also causes infections in humans. The use of swine manure in agriculture renders the eggs of this ascaridida an accessible source of infection, thus posing a significant risk factor for human health. With the objective of proving the prevalence of infection with A. suum nematodes in the territory of Serbia, investigations were carried out in the period between 2007–2011 in the territories of five districts: North Bačka, South Banat, Braničevo, Zlatibor and Nišava. The investigations covered coprological examinations of 1031 feces samples of swine originating from farms owned by individual breeders. The samples were examined using the standard flotation method with a saturated water solution of NaCl. The established prevalence of ascariasis infection amounted to 47.62% (1031/491). The biggest prevalence of infection was determined in the territory of the Braničevo District, 65.78% (301/198), and the smallest in the territory of the Nišava District, 32.24% (183/59). In spite of its prevalence and vast economic importance, there is still insufficient information about the key aspects of the biology and epidemiology of A. suum. Viewed from the aspect of epizootiology, it is very important to know the prevalence of swine infections with Ascaris because of the possible infection of humans by its migrating larvae.


Ascariasis swine humans visceral larva migrans 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamara Ilić
    • 1
  • Zsolt Becskei
    • 2
  • Aleksandar Tasić
    • 3
  • Sanda Dimitrijević
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for Parasitic DiseasesFaculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Department for Animal BreedingFaculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Department for Microbiology and ParasitologyMedical Faculty of the University of NisBelgradeSerbia

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