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Research Article

Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs from Municipality La Lisa, Havana, Cuba

Luis Enrique Jerez Puebla1*, Fidel A. Nunez1, Lazara Rojas Rivero1, Yordan Robau Hernandez2, Ismaris Suarez Garcia2 and Irais Atencio Millan1

1Department of Parasitology, Tropical Medicine Institute, Pedro Kourí, Autopista Novia del Mediodia, Autopista Nacionaly Carretera Central, La Habana, Cuba

2Canine Veterinary Unit, La Lisa, La Habana, Cuba

*Corresponding Author:
Luis Enrique Jerez Puebla
Department of Parasitology
Tropical Medicine Institute, Pedro Kourí
Autopista Novia del Mediodía, Autopista
Nacional y Carretera Central, La Habana, Cuba
Tel: 537-255-3645
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Received date: July 25, 2015 Accepted date: August 18, 2015 Published date: August 20, 2015

Citation: Puebla LEJ, Nunez FA, Rivero LR, Hernandez YR, Garcia IS, Millan IA, (2015) Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs from Municipality La Lisa, Havana, Cuba . J Veterinar Sci Technol 6:250. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000250

Copyright: © 2015 Puebla LEJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Intestinal parasitic infections in dogs represent a major concern in developing countries as they are important definitive or reservoir hosts for several zoonotic parasites. The present study was conducted to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in stray dogs and domestic dogs in the municipality of la Lisa, in La Havana, between June 2014 to March 2015. A total of 97 faecal samples from 56 stray dogs and 41 household dogs were examined by parasitological concentration techniques. The overall prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites was 44.3% (95% CI: 33.9-54.7). Ancylostoma caninum (21.6%), Trichuris vulpis (16.5) and Giardia duodenlis (7.2%) were the most prevalent intestinal parasites identified in canine faecal samples, indicating an important faecal contamination of the analyzed area. There were no significant differences between the prevalence of gastrointestinal parasites and the kind of dog analyzed. However stray dogs were associated with a higher risk of infection as well as those older than 1 year old. This information may be useful in the implementation of effective prevention and control programmes by the National Group of Zoonosis in our country. Appropriate public health education for dog’s owners is necessary to reduce the risks of zoonotic infections

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