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Nanophyetus salmincola (dog, cat)



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„salmon poisoning fluke“                           

Distribution: Pacifc Northwest region of North America.           

Host: Small intestine of dogs, cats, and various other piscivorous carnivores.   

Life Cycle: Dogs and cats are infected by the ingestion of metacercariae in the tissues of salmonid  fish (second intermediate hosts). Snails serve as the frst intermediate host.             

Diagnosis: Eggs can be detected by sedimentation examination of feces.         

Size: 72–97 × 35–55 µm               

Clinical features: Nanophyetus salmincola serves as a vector for the causal agent of salmon  poisoning disease (Neorickettsia helminthoeca) and Elokomin fuke fever (Neorickettsia sp.). Salmon poisoning disease is extremely pathogenic in dogs !     



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