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Tungiasis in a free-ranging jaguar (Panthera onca) population in Brazil

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Autor(es):
Widmer, Cynthia E. [1] ; Azevedo, Fernando C. C. [2]
Número total de Autores: 2
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Interunit Program Appl Ecol, BR-13418900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Joao Del Rei, Dept Nat Sci, BR-36301160 Sao Joao Del Rei, MG - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 2
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Parasitology Research; v. 110, n. 3, p. 1311-1314, MAR 2012.
Citações Web of Science: 6
Resumo

Tungiasis is an ectoparasitic disease caused by fleas of the genus Tunga. The disease is reported to occur mostly in human populations. In wildlife, however, the occurrence and impact of this disease remains uncertain. We captured and examined 12 free-ranging jaguars for the presence of Tunga penetrans in the Pantanal region of Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil. Tungiasis prevalence was 100% in the population; lesions were confined to the jaguar's paws. T. penetrans was identified based on the characteristics of the embedded fleas and the morphological identification of a collected free-living flea. The intensity and stage of infestation varied between individual animals. However, in general, all captured jaguars were in good health. The 100% prevalence of tungiasis may be related to the fact that all captures were performed during the dry season. Their high ecological requirements for space make jaguars potential disseminators of T. penetrans in the Pantanal region. Because cattle ranching and ecotourism are the main economic activities in the Pantanal, further studies should evaluate the risks of tungiasis to human and animal health. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of tungiasis in jaguars. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 07/00976-7 - Fatores predisponentes à predação de gado por onças pintadas (Panthera onca) e onças pardas (Puma concolor) na região do Pantanal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil
Beneficiário:Fernando Cesar Cascelli de Azevedo
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Pós-Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 08/02573-0 - Perfil sanitário de onças-pintadas (Panthera onca) de vida livre no Pantanal sul do Mato Grosso do Sul - Brasil
Beneficiário:Cynthia Elisa Widmer de Azevedo
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Mestrado