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Title: Uses and limitations of faecal egg count for assessing worm burden in wild boars
Author: Gassó, Diana
Feliu, Cales
Ferrer, David
Mentaberre, Gregorio
Casas-Díaz, Encarna
Velarde, Roser
Fernández-Aguilar, Xavier
Colom-Cadena, Andreu
Navarro-Gonzalez, Nora
Ramón López-Olvera, Jorge
Lavín, Santiago
Fenández-Llario, Pedro
Segalés, Joaquim
Serrano, Emmanuel
Keywords: Coprological analysis
McMaster egg counting
Sus scrofa
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The most widely used technique to assess helminth infection in both domestic and wild mammals is the faecal egg count (FEC). Most efforts to test the reliability of FEC as a proxy for parasite load are in small ruminant studies and limited work has evaluated the use of FEC in pigs. The aim of this study was to explore whether FEC is a reliable indicator of helminth load, and to evaluate the effects of sample storage on FEC accuracy in 59 wild boars. Though FEC was useful for assessing most helminth infections (e.g., Metastrongylus spp., Ascaris suum, Trichuris suis), stomach nematodes were often missed. The accuracy of FEC decreased over time, and thus it is recommended that samples be processed within 5 days of collection.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2015.02.006
ISSN: 0304-4017
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