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The susceptibility of the European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) to infection with Echinococcus granulosus of Australian sheep origin

Thompson, R.C.A. (1983) The susceptibility of the European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) to infection with Echinococcus granulosus of Australian sheep origin. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 77 (1). pp. 75-82.

Abstract

A detailed comparative study was made of the development of Echinococcus granulosus of Australian sheep origin in European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and dogs. No significant differences in growth, segmentation or maturation of the parasite between dogs or foxes was found, although worm burdens were slightly lower in foxes than in dogs. It is concluded that although the role of foxes in the epidemiology of hydatidosis in Australia may not be significant, foxes should nevertheless be regarded as potential definitive hosts of the Australian strains of E. granulosus.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Maney Publishing
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10948
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