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Title

SURVEY ON INFESTATION OF PERSIAN CATS IN TABRIZ AREA BY TOXOCARA CATI

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  691-698

Abstract

 Toxocara cati is among the most common feline parasites which can infect human especially children and cause various symptoms. Due to close connection of this species with humans as pets and with other stray cats either directly or indirectly; this study was conducted specially for the first time to determine the infection status of PERSIAN CATs of TABRIZ area to this parasite. In this study, from a total of 50 PERSIAN CATs studied, 13 (26%) were infected by a variety of enteric parasites and 37 (74%) were without infection and 10 (20%) of the cats were infected by TOXOCARA CATI. According to the results, significant difference in infection rate was observed between PERSIAN CATs kept indoors and those that were kept in cattery and also there was significant differences in infection rate between males and females (p<0.05). The current study indicated significant difference in infestation rate between the cats which had received anti-parasitic drugs and those that had not received such medications (p<0.05). According to the results and high infection rate of PERSIAN CATs by TOXOCARA CATI and considering that this parasite is zoonotic, the use of a regular anti-parasitic medical program for prevention and treatment of all cats especially those kept in the cattery seems necessary.

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