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Parasites of veterinary importance

Subject Editor
Adnan Hodžić, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, Austria

Associate Editors
Pablo Borrás, DVM, Centro Nacional de Diagnostico e Investigacion en Endemo Epidemias, Argentina
Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai, DACVM, PhD, Kansas State University, USA
Alicia Rojas, PhD, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Alireza Sazmand, DVM, PhD, Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran
Antonio Varcasia, DVM, PhD, 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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Feral swine (Sus scrofa) are highly invasive and threaten animal and human health in the Americas. The screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) is listed by the World Organization for Animal Health as a notifiable inf...

    Authors: Martín Altuna, Paul V. Hickner, Gustavo Castro, Santiago Mirazo, Adalberto A. Pérez de León and Alex P. Arp
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:26
  13. The Mongolian jird (Meriones unguiculatus) has long been recognized as a permissive host for the filarial parasite Brugia malayi; however, it is nonpermissive to another filarial parasite, canine heartworm (Dirof...

    Authors: Christopher C. Evans, Katherine M. Day, Yi Chu, Bridget Garner, Kaori Sakamoto and Andrew R. Moorhead
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:25
  14. The endemic rodent family of Bathyergidae in Africa, particularly South Africa, are understudied as reservoirs of diseases of significant medical importance. Considering the diversity and wide distribution of ...

    Authors: Dina M. Fagir, Nigel C. Bennett, Eddie A. Ueckermann, Alexandra Howard and Daniel W. Hart
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:24
  15. Sarcoptic mange causes significant animal welfare and occasional conservation concerns for bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) throughout their range. To date, in situ chemotherapeutic interventions have involv...

    Authors: Vicky Wilkinson, Kotaro Takano, David Nichols, Alynn Martin, Roz Holme, David Phalen, Kate Mounsey, Michael Charleston, Alexandre Kreiss, Ruth Pye, Elizabeth Browne, Christina Næsborg-Nielsen, Shane A. Richards and Scott Carver
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:18

    The Correction to this article has been published in Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:140

  16. Fleas frequently infest small mammals and play important vectoring roles in the epidemiology of (re)emerging zoonotic disease. Rodent outbreaks in intensified agro-ecosystems of North-West Spain have been rece...

    Authors: Silvia Herrero-Cófreces, Manuel Fabio Flechoso, Ruth Rodríguez-Pastor, Juan José Luque-Larena and François Mougeot
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:16
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Psoroptes ovis var. cuniculi is a common ectoparasite of wild and domestic rabbits worldwide that causes economically devastating losses in commercial rabbit husbandry and significantly affects the overall health...

    Authors: Xiaobin Gu, Yuhang Chen, Chongyang Zhang, Yue Xie, Nengxing Shen, Ce Wang, Xuan Zhou, Guangyou Yang, Ran He, Xuerong Peng, Deying Yang, Zhi He and Zhijun Zhong
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:620
  20. In dogs, infections with Giardia duodenalis are mainly caused by assemblages C and D, but also by the potentially zoonotic assemblages A and B. The aims of this study were to assess differences in assemblages (i)...

    Authors: Mathilde Uiterwijk, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Rolf Nijsse, Jaap A. Wagenaar, Harm W. Ploeger and Frans N. J. Kooyman
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:605
  21. Dermanyssus gallinae, or poultry red mite (PRM), is an important ectoparasite in laying hen, having a significant effect on animal welfare and potentially causing economic loss. Testing novel control compounds ty...

    Authors: Francesca Nunn, Jessica Baganz, Kathryn Bartley, Sarah Hall, Stewart Burgess and Alasdair J. Nisbet
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:585
  22. Enterocytozoon bieneusi is a zoonotic gastrointestinal pathogen and can infect both humans and animals. The coypu (Myocastor coypus) is a semi-aquatic rodent, in which few E. bieneusi infections have been reporte...

    Authors: Fuchang Yu, Yangwenna Cao, Haiyan Wang, Qiang Liu, Aiyun Zhao, Meng Qi and Longxian Zhang
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:578
  23. The Companion Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD) World Forum is a working group of leading international experts who meet annually to evaluate current scientific findings and future trends concerning the distributio...

    Authors: Ian Wright, Frans Jongejan, Mary Marcondes, Andrew Peregrine, Gad Baneth, Patrick Bourdeau, Dwight D. Bowman, Edward B. Breitschwerdt, Gioia Capelli, Luís Cardoso, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Michael J. Day, Gerhard Dobler, Lluis Ferrer, Luigi Gradoni, Peter Irwin…
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:546
  24. Infections by protozoans of the genus Giardia are a common cause of diarrhea in dogs. Canine giardiosis constitutes a disease with a zoonotic potential; however, it is often underestimated due to its challenging ...

    Authors: Isaia Symeonidou, Athanasios Ι. Gelasakis, Androulla N. Miliotou, Athanasios Angelou, Konstantinos V. Arsenopoulos, Sofia Loukeri and Elias Papadopoulos
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:544