Diagnosis of Elaphostrongylus cervi infection in New Zealand red deer (Cervus elaphus) quarantined in Canada, and experimental determination of a new extended prepatent period.

A modified Baermann assay was used to recover dorsal-spined, first stage larvae of Elaphostrongylus cervi from feces and lungs of red deer (Cervus elaphus elaphus) from three of four herds imported from New Zealand into Canadian quarantine facilities. Tests done on a series of fecal collections showed that larval output from infected red deer was low and… CONTINUE READING