Prevalencia de helmintos intestinales en gatos domésticos del departamento del quindío, Colombia

Translated title of the contribution: Prevalence of intestinal helminths in cats in quindío, Colombia

Diana Marcela Echeverry, Maria Giraldo Giraldo, Jhon Carlos Castaño

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Introduction. Diseases caused by helminths are widely distributed in the world and many of them are considered zoonoses in which pets play a major role in transmission to humans. Objective. The prevalence of intestinal helminths was determined in cats in Quindío Province. Materials and methods. One hundred twenty-one cats were characterized --data recorded included sex, age and body condition. Fecal samples were collected and processed using the modified Ritchie and modified Kato-Katz techniques to determine the presence of intestinal helminths. Results. Of the 121 cats, 42.1%, (95% CI: 33.4-50.9) and 45.5% (95% CI: 36.6-54.3) were parasitized with at least one adult helminth species as evidenced by the presence of eggs in their fecal samples. Toxocara cati was the most prevalent parasite (Ritchie: 37.2%, Kato-Katz: 43%), followed by Ancylostoma spp. (Ritchie: 7.4%, Kato-Katz: 5.8%) and Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Ritchie: 0.82%). Sixty-five cats (53.7%) were females and 56 (46.3%) males; the prevalence of infection was similar in both sexes. Cats older than 4 years had the highest prevalence (81.8%) followed by those aged 1 to 4 years (48.8%) and by those under 1 year (28.6%). The majority of cats, 77.7%, were found to be in good body condition and this group had the lowest frequency of intestinal helminths with both techniques. Conclusion. The prevalence of intestinal helminths in domestic cats in Quindío was 43.8%; it is necessary to establish surveillance and prevention programs in the human and feline populations.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedica
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Colombia
Helminths
Cats
Toxocara
Ancylostoma
Pets
Felidae
Zoonoses
Parasites
Eggs
Infection
Population

Keywords

  • Ancylostoma
  • Cat diseases
  • Helminthiasis/epidemiology
  • Helminths
  • Toxocara.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Prevalencia de helmintos intestinales en gatos domésticos del departamento del quindío, Colombia. / Echeverry, Diana Marcela; Giraldo Giraldo, Maria; Castaño, Jhon Carlos.

In: Biomedica, Vol. 32, No. 3, 01.09.2012, p. 430-436.

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Echeverry, Diana Marcela ; Giraldo Giraldo, Maria ; Castaño, Jhon Carlos. / Prevalencia de helmintos intestinales en gatos domésticos del departamento del quindío, Colombia. In: Biomedica. 2012 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 430-436.
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