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Assessment Of Wild Rodents Endoparasites In Kirimiri Forest In Embu County Kenya


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Keywords : Rodents; Endoparasites; Kirimiri Forest; Kenya;

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Rodents are reservoirs and hosts of zoonotic diseases. Rodents pathogenic parasites can be introduced onto soils water supplies vegetables and fruits thus playing significant role in human infection. Though studies on rodents and their parasites are necessary to understand and manage zoonotic disease cycle knowledge gap of endoparasite composition of wild rodents that interact with domestic animals and human still exists in Kenya. This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of rodents endoparasites in Kirimiri forest Embu County in Kenya between January and May 2016. Wild rats were caught by laying traps in 100 m x 100 m grid of 50 Sherman and 50 victor traps. Rodents morphometric data was used for their identification. Necropsy was performed for gastrointestinal tract GIT and endoparasites extracted counted and prevalence determined. Three species of rats totaling to 355 rats comprising of 199 males and 156 females were captured and identified. A total of 533 endoparasites extracted. Rate of endoparasite prevalence was significantly higher in Rattus spp a peri-domestic rodent than forest rodents species 57.791 P 0.05. Asyphalia obvelata 44.79 had higher prevalence while the H. dinimuta had lowest prevalence 6.20 . Prevalence based on forest patches GIT and was different. The current study highlights the importance of rodents as potential vectors for intestinal parasitic infections.

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