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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Conradie, Ilana
Email ilana@conradie.net
URN etd-02172009-133524
Document Title The prevalence of helminths in warthogs, bushpigs and some antelope species in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Degree MSc
Department Veterinary Tropical Diseases
Advisor Name Title
Prof J Boomker Supervisor
  • impala
  • kudu
  • Limpopo Province
  • helminth parasites
  • South Africa
  • warthogs
  • bushpigs
  • wildebeest
Date 2008-11-28
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The aim of the study was to describe the helminth parasites of the common game species in the Limpopo Province, focusing on the northern and western parts where the climate is harsh and dry, with a large area considered to be semi-arid. In total 36 animals were examined which included ten impala, Aepyceros melampus, eight kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, four blue wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus, two black wildebeest, Connochaetes gnou, three gemsbok, Oryx gazelle, one nyala, Tragelaphus angasii, one bushbuck, Tragelaphus scriptus and one waterbuck, Kobus ellipsiprymnus, as well as six warthogs, Phacochoerus aethiopicus, and a single bushpig, Potamochoerus porcus.

New host records for species include Trichostrongylus deflexus in the blue wildebeest, Agriostomum gorgonis in the black wildebeest, Stilesia globipunctata in the waterbuck, and Fasciola hepatica in the kudu. The only known zoonotic helminth recovered was one hydatid cyst of an Echinococcus sp. from the lungs of a warthog.

The total burdens and species variation of the helminths in this study were all consistently low compared to other studies done in areas with higher rainfall. This has practical implications when animals are translocated to areas with higher rainfall and higher prevalence of helminths.

ŠUniversity of Pretoria 2008

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