Natural infection of Sparganum in Frogs in Nagaland (Northeastern India) - an Amphibia-borne zoonosis?

V. Tandon, R. Imkongwapang


Several species of anuran Amphibia in Nagaland (northeastern India) were found to harbour Plerocercoid (=Sparganum) larvae of Sprirometra species of Cestodes in their muscle tissue the adults of which occur as intestinal parasites in felids and canids.  In view of their use in traditional medicine and local cusine among the native tribals, these frog species may possibly be involved as paratenic hosts in dissemination of sparaganosis as a zoonosis among human hosts in the region.

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