PMID: 16114770Aug 24, 2005Paper

Study of dirofilariasis in a selected area in the Western Province

The Ceylon Medical Journal
R P A S RajapaksheN D Karunaweera


Human dirofilariasis is a zoonotic infection caused by the filarial worm, Dirofilaria (Nochtiella) repens, whose primary host is the dog. This infection is on the increase over the past decade in Sri Lanka and the prevalence of canine dirofilariasis in the country is also believed to be high. We present here a study on public awareness of dirofilariasis and the prevalence of this infection in dogs in Negombo, an urban area that has a high domestic canine population. To assess the awareness of dirofilariasis infection among residents and study the prevalence of this infection in domestic dogs in Negombo. Prospective study. Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka. A descriptive cross-sectional study within the city of Negombo during September and November 2003 using a pre-tested, interviewer-administered questionnaire with cluster sampling was done. Two hundred seventy adults, including 132 dog owners, were included in the study. Data analysis was done using the Epilnfo programme. The prevalence of canine dirofilariasis was studied in a group of 65 dogs over the age of 1 year. They were selected by cluster sampling with random choice of the streets within the study area. Staine...Continue Reading


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