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Research article, 2016

EPIZOOTIOLOGY OF ELAPHOSTRONGYLUS ALCES IN SWEDISH MOOSE

Steen, Margareta; Olsson Ressner, Ing-Marie; Olsson, Bodil; Petersson, Erik;

Abstract

A total of 961 harvested and 241 unharvested moose ( from throughout Sweden were examined for the central nervous system and skeletal muscles were searched for adult nematodes, and lungs and feces were examined for first-stage larvae. The parasite was distributed throughout Sweden with highest prevalence (56%) in the central region and lowest in the south (13%). Prevalence was highest in calves and old moose (>9 years) and lowest in middle-aged animals (5 difference between sexes, although prevalence trended higher in young males. Body condition and abundance of than harvested moose. A short (39 young as 1.5 months were infected. These results indicate the importance of continued surveillance of intermediate mollusk hosts and possibly cause increased infection of moose.Alces alces) carcasses and partsElaphostrongylus alces from 1985 to 1989. When available,–9 years), with no statisticalElaphostrongylus alces were negatively correlated, and condition was poorer in unharvested–73 days) prepatent period was documented, and calves asElaphostrongylus alces, particularly because a warming climate will likely increase abundance of

Published in

Alces : A Journal Devoted to the Biology and Management of Moose

2016, volume: 52, pages: 13-28

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Olsson Ressner, Ing-Marie
Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI)
Olsson, Bodil
TNS Sifo
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources

UKÄ Subject classification

Immunology
Zoology

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/80180