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Volume 61, Issue 3


Epidemiological survey of zoonotic helminths in feral cats in Gran Canaria island (Macaronesian archipelago-Spain)

Eligia Rodríguez-Ponce / Jorge F. González / Magnolia Conde de Felipe / Julia N. Hernández / J. Raduan Jaber
  • Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Trasmontaña s/n – 35413– Las Palmas
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Published Online: 2016-07-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0059


The presence of zoonotic parasites in feral cats have been widely considered all over the world. In Gran Canaria (Macaronesian archipelago, Canary Islands, Spain) the number of feral cats has grown out of control in urban and rural areas. 48 of Felis catus captured in different Gran Canaria areas were studied. Animals were necropsied and several organs were systematically examined in order to collect and identify macroscopic parasites. In addition, coprological tests were done in 28 cats. There were no statistically significant differences in the prevalence rate among sex, age or capture area, showing an overall prevalence of helminths of 77.1%. The most common tapeworms were Dipylidium caninum (64.6%) and Taenia taeniaeformis (31.3%), followed by the nematodes Toxocara cati (20.8%), Ancylostoma tubaeforme (18.8%), Aelurostrongylusabstrusus (10.4%) and Trichuris vulpis (2.08%). We also find several eggs of Alaria alata in the small intestine of one cat (2.08%), being the first description of this trematode in cats in the Canary Islands. Aproximatelly, 40% of the studied cats harboured more than one parasite. High rates of zoonotic species found in these animals suggest the need of controling parasitic infections and preventive measures against them.

Keywords: Macaronesian archipelago; Canary Islands; prevalence; zoonosis; helminths; feral cat


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About the article

Received: 2015-06-10

Revised: 2015-12-23

Accepted: 2016-01-19

Published Online: 2016-07-21

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 443–450, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0059.

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