Muskrats were examined for Giardia infections.
Collected faecal samples were processed by means of sucrose density gradient centrifugation, using a 1 M sucrose solution.
Identification of cysts was done by phase contrast microscopy, by the immunofluorescence test, or by both methods.
From July 1994 to September 1995, a total of 234 muskrats from two different geographical areas in western parts of Germany were examined for the presence of Giardia cysts. 176 animals (75.2%) were found to be Giardia-positive.
This study corroborates the assumption that animals such as muskrats living close to surface water bodies could contaminate water bodies with parasites such as Giardia.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ondatra zibethica, Rodentia, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Eau potable, Fèces, Contamination biologique, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Vecteur, Diplomonadida, Protozoa, Allemagne, Europe, Parasite, Pathogène, Muridae, Giardia
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ondatra zibethica, Rodentia, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Drinking water, Feces, Biological contamination, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Vector, Diplomonadida, Protozoa, Germany, Europe, Parasite, Pathogenic
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