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Vet Parasitol. 1997 Dec 31;73(3-4):291-7.

Pneumonyssoides caninum, the canine nasal mite, reported for the first time in a fox (Vulpes vulpes).

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Department of Pharmacology, Microbiology and Food Hygiene, Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo, Norway.


This is the first report describing the finding of the canine nasal mite, Pneumonyssoides caninum, in a silver fox (Vulpes vulpes). It is also the first time P. caninum has been found in a species other than the dog (Canis familiaris). A severely debilitated 10-month-old, male silver fox was euthanised due to suspected renal failure. During autopsy, a female mite matching the description of P. caninum was found in the nasal cavity of the fox. The finding of P. caninum in the fox suggests the existence of a new host, or at the very least a transient host. The fox's role in maintaining and/or propagating canine nasal mite infection needs to be explored.

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