Prevalencia de helmintos intestinales en gatos domésticos del departamento del quindío, Colombia

Translated title of the contribution: Prevalence of intestinal helminths in cats in quindío, Colombia

Diana Marcela Echeverry, María Isabel Giraldo, Jhon Carlos Castaño

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Introduction. Diseases caused by helminths are widely distributed in the world and many of them are considered zoonoses in which pets play a major role in transmission to humans. Objective. The prevalence of intestinal helminths was determined in cats in Quindío Province. Materials and methods. One hundred twenty-one cats were characterized --data recorded included sex, age and body condition. Fecal samples were collected and processed using the modified Ritchie and modified Kato-Katz techniques to determine the presence of intestinal helminths. Results. Of the 121 cats, 42.1%, (95% CI: 33.4-50.9) and 45.5% (95% CI: 36.6-54.3) were parasitized with at least one adult helminth species as evidenced by the presence of eggs in their fecal samples. Toxocara cati was the most prevalent parasite (Ritchie: 37.2%, Kato-Katz: 43%), followed by Ancylostoma spp. (Ritchie: 7.4%, Kato-Katz: 5.8%) and Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Ritchie: 0.82%). Sixty-five cats (53.7%) were females and 56 (46.3%) males; the prevalence of infection was similar in both sexes. Cats older than 4 years had the highest prevalence (81.8%) followed by those aged 1 to 4 years (48.8%) and by those under 1 year (28.6%). The majority of cats, 77.7%, were found to be in good body condition and this group had the lowest frequency of intestinal helminths with both techniques. Conclusion. The prevalence of intestinal helminths in domestic cats in Quindío was 43.8%; it is necessary to establish surveillance and prevention programs in the human and feline populations.

Translated title of the contributionPrevalence of intestinal helminths in cats in quindío, Colombia
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Ancylostoma
  • Cat diseases
  • Helminthiasis/epidemiology
  • Helminths
  • Toxocara.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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