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Capillaria hepatica infection in a bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)



Capillaria hepatica infection in a bandicoot rat (Bandicota indica)



Journal of Veterinary Parasitology 17(1): 71-72



A male bandicoot rat weighing about 1.5 kg was trapped near the animal food storage area of the Institute. Multiple whitish cysts were found on the liver on autopsy. The other organs appeared to be normal. As rodents are reservoirs of Leptospira and hepatitis E virus (HEV), its serum sample was tested for Leptospira antibodies by microscopic agglutination test (MAT) and dipstick test and found to be negative. It was also found to be negative for HEV by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method. Histopathology revealed the presence of Capillaria hepatica. To rule out the possibility of C. hepatica infection in our laboratory-bred rodents and captive monkeys, faecal samples were tested for presence of parasites and were found to be negative. Results indicate that, though there are wild rats in the campus, our routine practice of decontamination of raw food materials for laboratory animals is found to be efficient.

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