Plagiorchis muris infection in Apodemus agrarius from northern Gyeonggi-do (Province) near the demilitarized zone

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Chai, Jong-Yil; Park, Jae-Hwan; Park, Sang-Mee; Kim, Jae-Lip; Kim, Hyo-Jin; Kim, Won-Hee; Shin, Eun-Hee; Klein, Terry A.; Kim, Heung-Chul; Chong, Sung-Tae; Song, Jin-Won; Baek, Luck-Ju
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Korean Society for Parasitology
Korean J Parasitol. 2007 Jun;45(2):153-6.
AnimalsArvicolinae/parasitologyCricetinaeCricetulus/parasitologyInsectivora/parasitologyIntestine, Small/parasitologyKorea/epidemiologyMice/parasitologyMurinae/*parasitologyPrevalenceRodent Diseases/epidemiology/*parasitologyRodentiaSeasonsTrematoda/*isolation & purificationTrematode Infections/epidemiology/parasitology/*veterinary
The small intestines of 6 species of rodents and 1 species of insectivore were examined seasonally for Plagiorchis muris infection in 3 different localities in northern Gyeonggi-do (Province), near the demilitarized zone (DMZ). A total of 1,496 animals, including 1,366 Apodemus agrarius, 54 Crocidura lasiura (insectivore), 32 Mus musculus, 28 Micronytus fortis, 9 Eothenomys regulus, 6 Micronys minutus, and 3 Cricetulus triton, were live-trapped at Yeoncheon-gun (n = 351), Paju-shi (804) and Pocheon-gun (343) at 3-mo intervals from December 2004 to September 2005. A total of 1,647 P. muris were collected from 72 (5.3%) A. agrarius. The infection rate was the highest in Pocheon-gun (8.2%), followed by Yeoncheon-gun (5.0%) and Paju-shi (4.2%). A higher infection rate was observed in A. agrarius captured during September (19.4%) than those captured during December (3.0%), June (2.6%), or April (0%). However, the worm burden was the highest in June (av. 32.1/animal), followed by September (24.7), December (4.0), and April (0). None of the other animal species were found infected with P. muris. The results reveal that A. agrarius is a natural definitive host for P. muris, and infection rates and worm burdens vary seasonally and geographically.
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