Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications

Title

Predicting Baylisascaris procyonis Roundworm Prevalence, Presence and Abundance in Raccoons (Procyon lotor) of Southwestern Ohio Using Landscape Features

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2014

Journal Title

International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

113

Last Page

117

DOI

10.1016/j.ijppaw.2014.05.002

Abstract

Raccoon roundworm is a leading cause of a neurological disease known as larva migrans encephalopathy in vertebrates. We determined that roundworm prevalence is significantly lower in Beavercreek Township than other townships surveyed, and that mean patch size and proportion of landscape modified by urbanization or by agriculture are good predictors of roundworm prevalence and abundance in raccoons. The proportion of landscape modified by urbanization was the best predictor of roundworm presence. These data will facilitate predictions regarding roundworm prevalence in areas that have not been previously sampled, and contribute to devising management strategies against the spread of raccoon roundworm.

Keywords

Raccoons, roundworm, cestodes, landscape, prevalence, parasites

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