Increased Prevalence of Trichinella spp., Northeastern Germany, 2008

Pannwitz, G.; Mayer-Scholl, A.; Balicka-Ramisz, A.; Nockler, K.

In 2008, a Trichinella spp. outbreak occurred on a small family-owned pig farm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in northeastern Germany. To obtain epidemiologic information on this outbreak, we determined that after 2005 the prevalence of Trichinella spp. in wild boars has increased in this region of Germany. We discuss the potential role of the raccoon dog in the increase in Trichinella spp. prevalence in the sylvatic cycle in this region. We believe that this increase could pose a threat to pigs kept in back yard conditions, and we provide recommendations to ensure public health safety

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Pannwitz, G. / Mayer-Scholl, A. / Balicka-Ramisz, A. / et al: Increased Prevalence of Trichinella spp., Northeastern Germany, 2008. 2010.

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