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Infection Status of Freshwater Crabs and Crayfish with Metacercariae of Paragonimus westermani in Korea

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Authors
Kim, Eun-Min; Kim, Jae-Lip; Choi, Sung-Il; Hong, Sung-Tae; Lee, Soon-Hyung
Issue Date
2009-12
Publisher
KOREAN SOC PARASITOLOGY, SEOUL NATL UNIV COLL MEDI
Citation
KOREAN JOURNAL OF PARASITOLOGY; Vol.47 4; 425-426
Keywords
freshwater crabcrayfishmetacercariaeParagonimus westermani
Abstract
The present study investigated the infection status of Paragonimus westermani metacercariae in freshwater crabs (n = 363) and crayfish (n = 31) from October 2007 to October 2008 using the crush method. All of the freshwater crabs, Eriocheir japonicus, were negative for P. westermani metacercariae while 10 (32.3%) of the 31 examined crayfish were positive. The 10 positive crayfish were caught in Haenam, Jeollanam-do, and there were 8-59 (mean 28.4) metacrcariae per infected crayfish. These results suggest that P. westermani metacerariae are still transmitted by crayfish enzootically in southern Korea, and that freshwater crabs may transmit metacercariae only on rare occasions.
ISSN
0023-4001
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/77573
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2009.47.4.425
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