Intestinal parasites of the grey fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus) in the central Peruvian Andes

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The intestines of 20 grey Peruvian foxes (Pseudalopex culpaeus) were examined for the presence of Echinococcus granulosus and other intestinal parasites. Echinococcus granulosus was not found in foxes but Taenia hydatigena and T. multiceps were found in 7 and 4 animals respectively. The grey fox may not be a suitable definitive host for E. granulosus. However, it may act as a sylvatic reservoir of T. hydatigena and T. multiceps in the central Peruvian Andes.
This study was funded in part by NIH grant no.U01A135894-01 and funds by CONCYTEC, Lima, Peru.The authors thank J.D. Moro, N. Perez-Palma, J.B. Phu, D.Sara, Amanda Chavez and Eva Casas for editorial help.We also thank Armando Gonzales, Cesar Gavidia, NestorFalcon for helpful comments and M. Gamarra and R.Zarate from Tupac Amaru for their cooperation.
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taeniasis, animal tissue, article, echinococcosis, echinococcus granulosus, female, fox, intestine parasite, male, nonhuman, peru, taenia, taenia hydatigena, Animals, Disease Reservoirs, Echinococcus, Female, Foxes