Coprological tests underestimate Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus burden in wild boar

Diana Gassó, Emmanuel Serrano, Raquel Castillo-Contreras, Xavier Fernández Aguilar, Andreu Colom Cadena, Roser Velarde, Gregorio Mentaberre, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera, David Risco, Pilar Gonçalves, Santiago Lavín, Pedro Fernandez-Llário, Joaquim Segalés, David Ferrer

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© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. The present study evaluated the limitations of the coprological sedimentation test to assess Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus infestation in 59 wild boars (Sus scrofa) from central Spain. The coprological sedimentation test appeared to be a poor predictor of both prevalence of infestation and the real parasite burden due to the high number of false negative results (prevalence was reduced from 61 to 16 %). Because of the potential increased risk of this zoonosis, it is suggested that alternative techniques be used in wildlife surveillance programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2103-2105
JournalParasitology Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Acanthocephalan
  • Faecal egg count
  • McMaster
  • Sedimentation
  • Sus scrofa


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