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J Wildl Dis. 2004 Oct;40(4):801-3.

Intestinal protozoa in wild boars (Sus scrofa) in western Iran.

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Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health & Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 6446, Tehran 14155, Iran.


A total of 12 gastrointestinal tracts of wild boars (Sus scrofa) from western Iran (Luristan) were examined for protozoan infection between September 2000 and November 2001. Of 12 boars examined, 67% harbored one or more species of the following protozoa: Balantidium coli (25%), Tritrichomonas suis (25%), Blastocystis sp. (25%), Entamoeba polecki (17%), Entamoeba suis (8%), Iodamoeba butschlii (17%), and Chilomastix mesnili (8%). Four of these protozoan species also are reported in humans, and persons living in rural areas where wild boars are abundant should take precaution to avoid infection.

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