Pigs are the most important animal reservoir for Tunga penetrans (jigger flea) in rural Nigeria

Ugbomoiko, Uade S., Ariza, Liana, and Heukelbach, Jorg (2008) Pigs are the most important animal reservoir for Tunga penetrans (jigger flea) in rural Nigeria. Tropical Doctor, 38 (4). pp. 266-227.

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Abstract

We examined the domestic animals and rodents in a community in rural Nigeria. Of the 133 animals examined, 29 (21.8%) were infested, the highest prevalence of infestation and highest parasite load was found in the pigs (prevalence 54.8%, median = nine embedded parasites), followed by dogs (45.5%; median = 4), Rattus rattus (29.4%; median = 2) and Mus minutoides (15.4%; median = 1.5). Of all the tungiasis lesions identified 83% were found in pigs. Our data confirm that tungiasis is a zoonotic disease, and that pigs are its most important animal reservoir in this endemic community.

Item ID: 7232
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-1133
Keywords: pigs; zoonotic disease; Tunga penutrans; Nigeria
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 02:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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