prevalence of dirofilarial infection in raccoon dogs in japan.the raccoon dog (nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) is known to acquire canine heartworm (dirofilaria immitis) infection. we surveyed the prevalence of heartworm infection in free-ranging raccoon dogs in the nishi-tama (tokyo) and kanagawa areas of japan. a total of 75 raccoon dog carcasses, including 29 animals from the nishi-tama area and 46 from the kanagawa area, were necropsied between 1992 and 1993. eight out of 75 raccoon dogs were found to be infected (overall 10.7%). the prevalence of ...200011426580
prevalence of dirofilaria immitis infection in living raccoon dogs assessed by hematological examination.the prevalence of dirofilaria immitis in free-ranging raccoon dogs (nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) was examined in the southeast region of kanagawa prefecture, japan, using a rapid immunomigration (rim) test kit. between april 2007 and march 2010, we examined 108 raccoon dogs rescued and housed by the kanazawa zoological garden. d. immitis infection was found in 8 (7.4%) raccoon dogs. this is the first report to reveal the prevalence of d. immitis infection in living raccoon dogs. the prev ...201121293077
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