Efficacy of praziquantel in treating natural schistosome infections in common mergansers

TitleEfficacy of praziquantel in treating natural schistosome infections in common mergansers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsBlankespoor CL, Reimink RL, Blankespoor HD
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume87
Issue2
Pagination424-426
KeywordsTREMATODES
Abstract

Fifty-one common mergansers were captured on Douglas Lake (Cheboygan County, Michigan) and their avian schistosome loads were determined by fecal examination. Each bird was given a single dose of 0, 40, or 200 mg/kg of body weight of praziquantel and released. All birds were recaptured within 10 days of drug administration to determine posttreatment schistosome loads. Only the higher dose of praziquantel was found to significantly reduce avian schistosome loads. The potential use of praziquantel in swimmer's itch control programs is discussed.