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Acta Parasitologica, Vol.50, No. 1, 2005, 94-96
Aleksandra Balicka-Ramisz*, Bogumila Pilarczyk, Alojzy Ramisz and Agnieszka Cisek - Occurrence of gastrointestinal and pulmonary nematodes of fallow deer (Dama dama L.) in North-West Poland

Department of Animal Hygiene and Prophylaxis, Faculty of Biotechnology and Animal Breeding, Agricultural University, 6 Dr Judyma Street, 71-466 Szczecin, Poland
*Corresponding author: a.balicka-ramisz@biot.ar.szczecin.pl

The study was aimed at evaluating the extent of gastrointestinal and pulmonary helminth infections in the fallow deer in North- West Poland. Infection prevalence and intensity as well as the species composition of helminth fauna were determined. During about 2-year period, since March 2000 until February 2002, a total number of 52 animals and 98 faecal samples were examined. The fallow deer were shot during routine culls in 9 forest districts. We have found 12 gastrointestinal and 2 lung nematode species in fallow deer in NW Poland. The most common gastrointestinal species were Oesophagostomum venulosum, Spiculopteragia boehmi, Haemonchus contortus and Nematodirus spp. Other species were determined in a lower intensity. Two lung nematode species Elaphostrongylus cervi and Varestrongylus sagittatus were found, with their prevalence 59.6% and 46.1%, respectively.

KEY WORDS: Gastrointestinal and pulmonary nematodes, fallow deer, Poland

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