Prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi and other trypanosomatids in frequently-hunted wild mammals from the Peruvian Amazon

E. Angelo Morales, Pedro Mayor, Mark Bowler, Esar Aysanoa, Erika S. Pérez-Velez, Jocelyn Pérez, Julio A. Ventocilla, G. Christian Baldeviano, Andrés G. Lescano

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Abstract

Copyright © 2017 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. To better understand the ecology of Trypanosoma cruzi in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon, we evaluated the prevalence of T. cruzi and other trypanosomatids in four orders of wild mammals hunted and consumed by inhabitants of three remote indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Of 300 wild mammals sampled, 115 (38.3%) were infected with trypanosomatids and 15 (5.0%) with T. cruzi. The prevalence of T. cruzi within each species was as follows: large rodents (Cuniculus paca, 5.5%; Dasyprocta spp., 2.6%), edentates (Dasypus novemcinctus, 4.2%), and carnivores with higher prevalence (Nasua nasua, 18.8%). The high prevalence of T. cruzi and other trypanosomatids in frequently hunted wild mammals suggests a sizeable T. cruzi sylvatic reservoir in remote Amazonian locations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-1485
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume97
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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    Morales, E. A., Mayor, P., Bowler, M., Aysanoa, E., Pérez-Velez, E. S., Pérez, J., Ventocilla, J. A., Baldeviano, G. C., & Lescano, A. G. (2017). Prevalence of Trypanosoma cruzi and other trypanosomatids in frequently-hunted wild mammals from the Peruvian Amazon. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 97(5), 1482-1485. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.17-0028