A case of canine Angiostrongylus vasorum in Scotland confirmed by PCR and sequence analysis

Authors

  • J. Helm,

    1. Division of Companion Animal Sciences, Division of infection and Immunity, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Garscube Estate, Glasgow G61 1QH
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  • J. S. Gilleard,

    1. Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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  • M. Jackson,

    1. Division of Companion Animal Sciences, Division of infection and Immunity, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Garscube Estate, Glasgow G61 1QH
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  • E. Redman,

    1. Division of Companion Animal Sciences, Division of infection and Immunity, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Garscube Estate, Glasgow G61 1QH
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  • R. Bell

    1. Division of Companion Animal Sciences, Division of infection and Immunity, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Bearsden Road, Garscube Estate, Glasgow G61 1QH
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Abstract

This report describes the first recognised case of Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a native Scottish dog and its diagnostic confirmation using polymerase chain reaction. The use of this technique to definitively diagnose canine angiostrongylosis confirms the presence of this epidemiologically significant case. The implications of the changing distribution of this parasite are discussed.

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