Original Article

Assessment of the Endoparasite Fauna amongst the Rodents in Kurdistan Province, West of Iran


Background: We aimed to evaluate the rate of infection by endoparasites amongst rodents in the western regions of Iran to enhance the level of knowledge amongst health authorities in this entity.

Methods: This study was conducted in the west and southwest of Kurdistan Province, including the cities of Sanandaj, Marivan, and Sarvabad. The field mission of this work was performed in three seasons’ spring, summer, and autumn. The rodents were captured alive and their gastrointestinal tracts were evaluated for the worm endoparasites.

Results: Herein, 208 rodents from 15 types of seven species, including Apodemus, Meriones, Mus, Sciurus, Cricetulus, Microtus, and Dryomys, were captured. In addition, 67 (32.21%) rodents were infected with endoparasites and 10 types of worms endoparasites, including Syphacia muris, Streptophagus spp., Mastophorus muris, Skrjabinema spp., Trichostrongylus spp., Trichuris muris, Hymenolepis nana, Hymenolepis dimimuta, Heligmosomoide spp., and other oxiuros were isolated from their gastrointestinal tracts. Most of these parasites (60%) were isolated from their small intestine whereas they were least (10%) found in their stomach and cecum.

Conclusion: Having compared the results of this study with other studies in different regions of Iran, there is a higher variety of rodents and worm parasites in these regions of Iran.

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IssueVol 17 No 1 (2022) QRcode
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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijpa.v17i1.9018
Rodent Endoparasite Iran

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Mohammadi A, Bozorgomid A, Sedaghat MM, Mowlavi G, Abai MR, Mostafavi E. Assessment of the Endoparasite Fauna amongst the Rodents in Kurdistan Province, West of Iran. Iran J Parasitol. 2022;17(1):70-78.