CERoPath References Journal articles 2013 Pakdeenarong N., Siribat P., Chaisiri K., Douangboupha B., Ribas A., Chaval Y., Herbreteau V., Morand S., 2013. Helminth communities in murid rodents from southern and northern localities in Lao PDR: the role of habitat and season. Journal of Helmintholog
Abstract: The helminth communities of wild murid rodents wereinvestigated in Luang Prabang and Champasak province, Lao PDR. Thirteen speciesof rodents (404 individuals) were infected by 19 species of parasites (2trematode, 3 cestode, 14 nematode species). Four of the recorded helminthspecies (Echinostoma malayanum , Raillietina sp., Hymenolepis diminuta and H.nana ) are known to cause potential zoonotic helminthiases of medicalimportance in the South-East Asian region. Individual helminth infection wassignificantly higher in the wet season. Habitat significantly influencedindividual helminth species richness and individual helminth abudance, with adecrease of individual helminth species richness and individual helminthabundance from forest habitat to agricultural and human settlement habitats.The reduction of helminth diversity and abundance is discussed in relation tothe ongoing increase of human influence on habitats in Lao PDR.
Key words: helminths, parasite species richness, murid rodents, habitat, anthropization, Lao PDR