Rodents as reservoir of zoonotic intestinal helminths in Suez Canal Zone with the possible immunological changes
el Gindy, M.S.; Morsy, T.A.; Bebars, M.A.; Sarwat, M.A.; Arafa, M.A.; Salama, M.M.
Journal of the Egyptian Society of Parasitology 17(1): 259-273
1320 rodents captured in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez Governorates, Egypt, were examined for helminths: Echinostoma callawayensis and Schistosoma mansoni (eggs in the liver) were each found in one Arvicanthis niloticus from Ismailia. Taenia taeniaeformis metacestodes were found in A. niloticus, Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus and Acomys cahirinus; Andrya neotomae, Hymenolepis nana and H. diminuta were also found. The nematodes were Syphacia obvelata (in R. rattus, R. norvegicus) and S. muris (in R. rattus only), Aspiculuris tetraptera (in Arvicanthis niloticus and R. norvegicus) and Protospirura muricola (in R. rattus, R. norvegicus and A. niloticus). The acanthocephalan Moniliformis moniliformis was also found. The role of rodents as reservoirs of zoonotic intestinal helminths is discussed. IgE, IgM and IgA levels were generally raised above normal in infected rodents.