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Helminthic Infections of Laboratory Animals in Animal House of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and the Potential Risks of Zoonotic Infections for Researchers

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Author(s): N Tanideh | SM Sadjjadi | T Mohammadzadeh | D Mehrabani

Journal: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
ISSN 1561-4395

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 151;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Animal house | Laboratory animals | Parasite infection | Sanitary barrier | Sanitary monitoring

ABSTRACT
Background: Different parasitic diseases may be transfered from laboratory animals to human (zoonoses). Thecurrent study was designed to determine the helminthic infections in animal house of Shiraz University of MedicalSciences to prevent the possible transmission of zoonotic ones from laboratory animals to the staff and researchers.Methods: Sixty laboratory animals including mouse, rats, Guinea pigs and rabbits were randomly selected andexamined for any helminthic infections.Results: 83.33% rats were infected with Syphacia muris and Aspiculuris tetraptera, 100% of Guinea pigs wereinfected with Paraspidodera uncinata, rabbits were infected with Passalurus ambiguous (40%), inbred BALB/Cmice were infected with Hymenolepis nana (50%), Aspiculuris tetraptera (90%) and Syphacia obvelata (90%),outbred BALB/C mice were infected with Hymenolepis nana (50%), Aspiculuris tetraptera (90%), Syphacia obvelata(90%) and C57BL/6 mice were infected with Hymenolepis nana (66%), Aspiculuris tetraptera (100%) andSyphacia obvelata (100%). Our study was revealed minimum and maximum infection frequency in rabbits andguinea pigs respectively.Conclusion: It seems that low and unsuitable space of infected animals in mentioned research center was themain cause of distribution of infection among rats and mice in Animal House of Shiraz University of MedicalSciences.
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