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Research Journal of Parasitology
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 115-122
DOI: 10.3923/jp.2009.115.122
Captive Dogs as Reservoirs of Some Zoonotic Parasites
Maha A. Sabry and Hossein S. Lotfy

Abstract:
Groups of stray dogs were captivated for a special drug trial. After 3 months, dog’s attendants complained from gastrointestinal disturbances, headache and fever. No special symptoms were observed on dogs except diarrhea in some animals. Parasitological examination of faecal swabs showed infection by five zoonotic parasites diagnosed in both dogs and their attendants. Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia (trophozoites and cysts) and Isospora species oocysts were detected in faeces of 20, 20 and 26.6%, respectively of attendants in close contact with the dogs. Anti-Toxocara canis, anti-Sarcocystis and anti-hydatid cysts antibodies were diagnosed in 20, 33.3 and 46.66% of attendants’ sera, respectively using EL1SA. Puppies and dogs were infected with Toxascaris leonina (20 and 16.66%), Dipylidium caninum (53.33 and 66.66%) and Taenia species eggs (26.67 and 50%). Giardia (53.33%), E. histolytica (13.33%), Toxocara canis (33.3%), Isospora (53.3%) and Cryptosporidium oocysts (20%) were diagnosed in puppies only. Two adult dogs (16.66%) shed Sarcocystis oocysts and Ancylostoma caninum eggs in their faeces. Some precautions were recommended to minimize the role of dogs as a source of zoonotic pathogens.
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How to cite this article:

Maha A. Sabry and Hossein S. Lotfy, 2009. Captive Dogs as Reservoirs of Some Zoonotic Parasites. Research Journal of Parasitology, 4: 115-122.

DOI: 10.3923/jp.2009.115.122

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jp.2009.115.122

 
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