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Parasites of veterinary importance

Subject Editor
Adnan Hodžić, University of Veterinary Medicine, Austria

Associate Editors
Pablo Borrás, Centro Nacional de Diagnostico e Investigacion en Endemo Epidemias, Argentina
Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai, Kansas State University, USA
Relja Beck, Croatian Veterinary Institute, Croatia
Alicia Rojas, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Antonio Varcasia, University of Sassari, Italy
 

The Parasites of veterinary importance section publishes articles relating to parasites and parasitic diseases of domestic, companion and farm animals including studies on biology, epidemiology, pathology, immunology, diagnosis and control. Studies relating to wildlife helminthic disease reservoirs and to ectoparasites and vectors of veterinary significance that do not fit within the remits of the other sections will also be considered.

  1. Onchocerca lupi is an emerging, zoonotic filarioid nematode associated with ocular disease in companion animals in North America and the Old World. The areas where this parasite is assumed to be endemic in the US...

    Authors: Guilherme G. Verocai, Caroline Sobotyk, Allegra Lamison, Mindy M. Borst and Erin E. Edwards

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:203

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  2. Onchocerca lupi and Cercopithifilaria spp. are vector-borne filarioids of dogs, which harbour skin microfilariae (mfs), the former being of zoonotic concern. Proper treatment studies using compounds with microfil...

    Authors: Domenico Otranto, Vito Colella, Marcos Antônio Bezerra-Santos, Jairo Alfonso Mendoza-Roldan, Maria Alfonsa Cavalera, André Pereira, Roland Schaper and Carla Maia

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:199

    Content type: Research

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  3. Growing evidence points towards a role of gastrointestinal (GI) helminth parasites of ruminants in modifying the composition of the host gut flora, with likely repercussions on the pathophysiology of worm infe...

    Authors: James Rooney, Alba Cortés, Riccardo Scotti, Daniel R. G. Price, Yvonne Bartley, Karen Fairlie-Clarke, Tom N. McNeilly, Alasdair J. Nisbet and Cinzia Cantacessi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:189

    Content type: Research

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  4. Poultry red mite (PRM) (Dermanyssus gallinae) infestations are a cause of anaemia, impaired productivity and stress-related behaviours linked to reduced hen welfare. A study investigated the potential health, wel...

    Authors: Ivo Petersen, Katharina Johannhörster, Eric Pagot, Damian Escribano, Eva Zschiesche, Déborah Temple and Emmanuel Thomas

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:181

    Content type: Research

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  5. Feline leishmaniosis is a vector-borne parasitic disease caused by Leishmania spp. Leishmania infection in dogs is prevalent in the Mediterranean basin, but in other animals, such as cats, it could also play a ro...

    Authors: Maria Magdalena Alcover, Asier Basurco, Antonio Fernandez, Cristina Riera, Roser Fisa, Ana Gonzalez, Maite Verde, Ana María Garrido, Héctor Ruíz, Andrés Yzuel and Sergio Villanueva-Saz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:178

    Content type: Research

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  6. Canine life stage is a key factor in parasite prevalence as clinical signs associated with parasitism are more common in pups. In adult dogs, health status and geographical region may also play a role in paras...

    Authors: Sarah Sweet, Evan Hegarty, Donald J. McCrann, Michael Coyne, Dave Kincaid and Donald Szlosek

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:173

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  7. In Spain, sarcoptic mange was first described in native wildlife in 1987 in Cazorla Natural Park, causing the death of nearly 95% of the local native population of Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica). Since then, addi...

    Authors: Barbara Moroni, Samer Angelone, Jesús M. Pérez, Anna Rita Molinar Min, Mario Pasquetti, Paolo Tizzani, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera, Marta Valldeperes, José Enrique Granados, Santiago Lavín, Gregorio Mentaberre, Leonor Camacho-Sillero, Carlos Martínez-Carrasco, Alvaro Oleaga, Mónica Candela, Pier Giuseppe Meneguz…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:171

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  8. Canine vector-borne diseases (CVBDs) are caused by a wide range of pathogens transmitted by arthropods. They have been an issue of growing importance in recent years; however, there is limited information abou...

    Authors: Ana Mafalda Dordio, Relja Beck, Telmo Nunes, Isabel Pereira da Fonseca and Jacinto Gomes

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:163

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  9. Theileria orientalis is a tick-borne hemoparasite that causes anemia, ill thrift, and death in cattle globally. The Ikeda strain of T. orientalis is more virulent than other strains, leading to severe clinical si...

    Authors: Kelcey D. Dinkel, David R. Herndon, Susan M. Noh, Kevin K. Lahmers, S. Michelle Todd, Massaro W. Ueti, Glen A. Scoles, Kathleen L. Mason and Lindsay M. Fry

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:157

    Content type: Research

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  10. Scabies is caused by burrowing of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei into the stratum corneum. Currently, diagnosis via routine skin scraping is very difficult, and information on the allergenic identification of S. scab...

    Authors: Nengxing Shen, Yuhang Chen, Wenrui Wei, Lang Xiong, Yuanyuan Tao, Jie Xiao, Song Liu, Xue He, Xiaodi Du, Xiaobin Gu, Yue Xie, Jing Xu, Xuerong Peng and Guangyou Yang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:148

    Content type: Research

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  11. Among Dermanyssoidea, the chicken red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) and the northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) are considered to be the cause of high economic losses endured by the poultry industry in the...

    Authors: Sándor Hornok, Nóra Takács, Gábor Sipos, Pál Morandini, Attila D. Sándor, Sándor Szekeres, Andrea Grima and Jenő Kontschán

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:147

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  12. Credelio™ (lotilaner; Elanco) is indicated for the treatment of flea and tick infestations on cats at a recommended lotilaner dose rate of 6–24 mg/kg. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of lotilaner ...

    Authors: Tandy Paarlberg, Daniela Karadzovska and Rainer Helbig

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:139

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  13. The departure of the mature larvae of the horse stomach bot fly from the host indicates the beginning of a new infection period. Gasterophilus pecorum is the dominant bot fly species in the desert steppe of the K...

    Authors: Ke Zhang, Heqing Huang, Ran Zhou, Boru Zhang, Chen Wang, Make Ente, Boling Li, Dong Zhang and Kai Li

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:129

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  14. Small mammals are important maintenance hosts of ectoparasites as well as reservoir hosts for many arthropod-borne pathogens. In Germany, only a few studies have investigated ectoparasite communities on small ...

    Authors: Anna Obiegala, Leonie Arnold, Martin Pfeffer, Matthias Kiefer, Daniel Kiefer, Carola Sauter-Louis and Cornelia Silaghi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:112

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  15. The feline lungworm Aelurostrongylus abstrusus affects the lower respiratory tract in cats worldwide. As infections may lead to chronic respiratory changes or even death, preventive treatment in cats with outdoor...

    Authors: Katharina Raue, Nadja Rohdich, Daniela Hauck, Eva Zschiesche, Simone Morelli, Donato Traversa, Angela Di Cesare, Rainer K. A. Roepke and Christina Strube

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:110

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  16. Echinococcosis, which is caused by the larvae of cestodes of the genus Echinococcus, is a parasitic zoonosis that poses a serious threat to the health of humans and animals globally. Albendazole is the drug of ch...

    Authors: Hai-Jun Gao, Xu-Dong Sun, Yan-Ping Luo, Hua-Sheng Pang, Xing-Ming Ma, Ting Zhang, Tao Jing, Wei Hu, Yu-Juan Shen and Jian-Ping Cao

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:108

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  17. Cystic echinococcosis is a parasitic zoonotic disease, which poses a threat to public health and animal husbandry, and causes significant economic losses. Annexins are a family of phospholipid-binding proteins...

    Authors: Hongyu Song, Xue He, Xiaodi Du, Ruiqi Hua, Jing Xu, Ran He, Yue Xie, Xiaobin Gu, Xuerong Peng and Guangyou Yang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:103

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  18. Culicoides imicola (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) is an important Afrotropical and Palearctic vector of disease, transmitting viruses of animal health and economic significance including African horse sickness and bl...

    Authors: Jack Pilgrim, Stefanos Siozios, Matthew Baylis, Gert Venter, Claire Garros and Gregory D. D. Hurst

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:100

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:128

  19. Belonging to the anopluran family Echinophthiriidae, Echinophthirius horridus, the seal louse, has been reported to parasitise a broad range of representatives of phocid seals. So far, only a few studies have foc...

    Authors: Jörg Hirzmann, David Ebmer, Guillermo J. Sánchez-Contreras, Ana Rubio-García, Gerd Magdowski, Ulrich Gärtner, Anja Taubert and Carlos Hermosilla

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:96

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  20. Fecal examinations in pet cats and dogs are key components of routine veterinary practice; however, their accuracy is influenced by diagnostic methodologies and the experience level of personnel performing the...

    Authors: Yoko Nagamori, Ruth Hall Sedlak, Andrew DeRosa, Aleah Pullins, Travis Cree, Michael Loenser, Benjamin S. Larson, Richard Boyd Smith, Cory Penn and Richard Goldstein

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:89

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  21. Nosema bombycis is a unicellular eukaryotic pathogen of the silkworm, Bombyx mori, and is an economic and occupational hazard in the silkworm industry. Because of its long incubation period and horizontal and ver...

    Authors: Shiyi Zheng, Yukang Huang, Hongyun Huang, Bin Yu, Ni Zhou, Junhong Wei, Guoqing Pan, Chunfeng Li and Zeyang Zhou

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:81

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  22. Trypanosomosis caused by Trypanosoma vivax is one of the diseases threatening the health and productivity of livestock in Africa and Latin America. Trypanosoma vivax is mainly transmitted by tsetse flies; however...

    Authors: Eyerusalem Fetene, Samson Leta, Fikru Regassa and Philippe Büscher

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:80

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  23. Two species of deer ked (Lipoptena cervi and L. mazamae) have been identified as vectors of Bartonella bacteria in cervids in Europe and the USA. In an earlier study we showed that Japanese sika deer (Cervus nipp...

    Authors: Shingo Sato, Hidenori Kabeya, Sayuri Ishiguro, Yasuhiro Shibasaki and Soichi Maruyama

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:73

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  24. Detection of Dirofilaria immitis, or heartworm, through antigen in sera is the primary means of diagnosing infections in dogs. In recent years, the practice of heat-treating serum prior to antigen testing has dem...

    Authors: Jeff M. Gruntmeir, Nina M. Thompson, Maureen T. Long, Byron L. Blagburn and Heather D. S. Walden

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:71

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  25. Ticks are obligate haematophagous ectoparasites of vertebrate hosts and transmit the widest range of pathogenic organisms of any arthropod vector. Seven tick species are known to feed on bare-nosed wombats (Vomba...

    Authors: Danielle Beard, Hayley J. Stannard and Julie M. Old

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:60

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  26. The avian haematophagous ectoparasite Dermanyssus gallinae, commonly known as the poultry red mite, causes significant economic losses to the egg-laying industry worldwide and also represents a significant welfar...

    Authors: Wan Chen, Kathryn Bartley, Francesca Nunn, Alan S. Bowman, Jeremy M. Sternberg, Stewart T. G. Burgess, Alasdair J. Nisbet and Daniel R. G. Price

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:57

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  27. Mosquitoes transmit filarial nematodes to both human and animal hosts, with worldwide health and economic consequences. Transmission to a vertebrate host requires that ingested microfilariae develop into infec...

    Authors: Abigail R. McCrea, Elizabeth B. Edgerton, Genevieve T. Oliver, Fiona M. O’Neill, Thomas J. Nolan, James B. Lok and Michael Povelones

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:30

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  28. Echinococcus multilocularis is a small tapeworm affecting wild and domestic carnivores and voles in a typical prey-predator life cycle. In Italy, there has been a focus of E. multilocularis since 1997 in the nort...

    Authors: Carlo Vittorio Citterio, Federica Obber, Karin Trevisiol, Debora Dellamaria, Roberto Celva, Marco Bregoli, Silvia Ormelli, Sofia Sgubin, Paola Bonato, Graziana Da Rold, Patrizia Danesi, Silvia Ravagnan, Stefano Vendrami, Davide Righetti, Andreas Agreiter, Daniele Asson…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:29

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  29. Dogs in the US are commonly infected with vector-borne pathogens, including heartworm and tick-borne disease agents. The geographic distribution of both arthropod vectors and the pathogens they transmit contin...

    Authors: Susan Little, Jennifer Braff, Joshua Place, Jesse Buch, Bhagya Galkissa Dewage, Andrew Knupp and Melissa Beall

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:10

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  30. Schistosomiasis japonica is a severe zoonosis. Domestic animals are the primary source of infection and play an important role in disease transmission. Surveillance and diagnosis play key roles in schistosomia...

    Authors: Yuanxi Shen, Rongyi Ji, Rui Chai, Nana Yuan, Jiyue Zhang, Yi Jing, Man Yang, Lanqi Zhang, Yang Hong, Jiaojiao Lin and Chuangang Zhu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:8

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