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1 June 2003 EURASIAN OTTER (LUTRA LUTRA), A DEFINITIVE HOST FOR DIROFILARIA IMMITIS
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A mature male and a mature female Dirofilaria immitis were found in the right ventricle of the heart of a naturally infected 2-yr-old male Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) that had died of severe lung congestion at a zoo in South Korea. Both developing embryos and microfilariae were present in the uterus of the female D. immitis. Although circulating microfilariae were not detected in blood or tissue, the Eurasian otter may serve as a definitive host for D. immitis.

Kiku Matsuda, Byeong-Kirl Baek, and Chae-Woong Lim "EURASIAN OTTER (LUTRA LUTRA), A DEFINITIVE HOST FOR DIROFILARIA IMMITIS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 34(2), 200-201, (1 June 2003). https://doi.org/10.1638/1042-7260(2003)034[0200:EOLLAD]2.0.CO;2
Received: 9 April 2002; Published: 1 June 2003
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