Korean J Parasitol.  1998 Dec;36(4):235-239. 10.3347/kjp.1998.36.4.235.

Periodicity exhibited by Dirofilaria immitis microfilariae identified in dogs of Korea

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  • 1Department of Parasitology, Veterinary School, Chonbuk National University, Chonju, Korea. jkr@moak.chonbuk.ac.kr

Abstract

Microfilarial periodicity of Dirofilaria immitis (the dog heartworm) was determined at two hr intervals for 72 consecutive hrs in 10 naturally infected war dogs, 3-9 years old, in Korea to facilitate harvest of the microfilariae for possible use in laboratory works and to elucidate further the periodicity of the microfilaria depending on geographic location. Although the periodicity had been observed as being low-grade nocturnal, maximal microfilarial counts were found at 21:00 hr and minimal at 11:00 hr, giving rise to an evident peak in fluctuation of the larval counts. This is the first record of the periodicity of the microfilariae identified as D. immitis in Korea.


MeSH Terms

Animal
Dirofilaria immitis/isolation & purification*
Dirofilaria immitis/anatomy & histology
Dirofilariasis/parasitology*
Dog Diseases/parasitology*
Dogs
Korea
Periodicity
Time Factors
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