Plagiorchis muris infection in Apodemus agrarius from northern Gyeonggi-do (Province) near the demilitarized zone.

Jong Yil Chai, Jae Hwan Park, Sang Mee Guk, Jae Lip Kim, Hyo Jin Kim, Won Hee Kim, Eun Hee Shin, Terry A. Klein, Heung Chul Kim, Sung Tae Chong, Jin Won Song, Luck Ju Baek

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Abstract

The small intestines of 6 species of rodents and 1 species of insectivore were examined seasonally for Plagiorchis muris infection in 3 different localities in northern Gyeonggi-do (Province), near the demilitarized zone (DMZ). A total of 1,496 animals, including 1,366 Apodemus agrarius, 54 Crocidura lasiura (insectivore), 32 Mus musculus, 28 Micronytus fortis, 9 Eothenomys regulus, 6 Micronys minutus, and 3 Cricetulus triton, were live-trapped at Yeoncheon-gun (n = 351), Paju-shi (804) and Pocheon-gun (343) at 3-mo intervals from December 2004 to September 2005. A total of 1,647 P. muris were collected from 72 (5.3%) A. agrarius. The infection rate was the highest in Pocheon-gun (8.2%), followed by Yeoncheon-gun (5.0%) and Paju-shi (4.2%). A higher infection rate was observed in A. agrarius captured during September (19.4%) than those captured during December (3.0%), June (2.6%), or April (0%). However, the worm burden was the highest in June (av. 32.1/animal), followed by September (24.7), December (4.0), and April (0). None of the other animal species were found infected with P. muris. The results reveal that A. agrarius is a natural definitive host for P. muris, and infection rates and worm burdens vary seasonally and geographically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 1
Externally publishedYes

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Chai, J. Y., Park, J. H., Guk, S. M., Kim, J. L., Kim, H. J., Kim, W. H., Shin, E. H., Klein, T. A., Kim, H. C., Chong, S. T., Song, J. W., & Baek, L. J. (2007). Plagiorchis muris infection in Apodemus agrarius from northern Gyeonggi-do (Province) near the demilitarized zone. The Korean journal of parasitology, 45(2), 153-156. https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2007.45.2.153