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Parasites on the move. Travelling pets and parasite control.

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Increased movement of companion animals across Europe is an important risk factor for introducing parasites and parasitic diseases into previously unaffected geographical areas, including vector-borne diseases (VBDs). This represents a clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for practitioners working in areas where these diseases are not usually seen. Not only this, but changes in climate may lead to the development of ideal conditions for vector establishment and spread of VBDs. This has been reported, for example, in Germany where mosquitoes are now potentially able to transmit heartworm disease. This talk will focus on several vector-borne diseases (Dirofilaria sp, Leishmania infantum, tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) that are on the move from south to north, and that have been reported in the UK. It will also focus on the possible preventive measures that can be taken to protect our clients and their pets. Indeed, veterinarians and national veterinary authorities must face new challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and control of these new and exotic parasites.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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