Volume 87, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Indigenous communities may have increased risk of exposure to zoonotic parasites, including , , , spp, and , for which dogs may serve as sentinels for or sources of human infection. Canid fecal samples were collected from dogs and the environment in five indigenous communities across Saskatchewan and Alberta ( = 58, 62, 43, 66, and 25). Parasites in individual fecal samples were quantified using fecal flotation and a commercial immunofluorescent antibody test for and . Overall, the prevalence of canine intestinal parasitic infection was 20–71%, which is 5–16 times higher in indigenous communities than a nearby urban center in Saskatchewan. The overall prevalences of , , and taeniid eggs in dog feces were, respectively, 11.8%, 4.9%, and 1.2% in our study compared with 0–0.2% in urban dogs. cysts present in 21% of samples were identified as zoonotic genotype Assemblage A.


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  • Received : 01 May 2012
  • Accepted : 12 May 2012
  • Published online : 05 Sep 2012

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