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Flotation techniques (FLOTAC and mini-FLOTAC) for detecting gastrointestinal parasites in howler monkeys

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, November 2017
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Title
Flotation techniques (FLOTAC and mini-FLOTAC) for detecting gastrointestinal parasites in howler monkeys
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Parasites & Vectors, November 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13071-017-2532-7
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Mayra Alejandra Alvarado-Villalobos, Giuseppe Cringoli, Maria Paola Maurelli, Aurelie Cambou, Laura Rinaldi, Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero, Roger Guevara, Colin A. Chapman, Juan Carlos Serio-Silva

Abstract

Analyses of environmental correlates of the composition of gastrointestinal parasite communities in black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) have been hindered by inadequate calibration techniques of detection and quantification methods of the parasites. Here we calibrate samples and compare the likelihood of parasite detection using two flotation techniques, FLOTAC and Mini-FLOTAC, and compare flotation solution, preservation method and dilution ratio for egg detection and counts of the most common parasites (Controrchis spp. and Trypanoxyuris spp.) in howler monkeys. For samples preserved in 5% formalin, the Mini-FLOTAC technique was the best option for qualitative and quantitative copro-microscopic analysis. This technique displays an 83.3% and 100% detection of Controrchis spp. and Trypanoxyuris spp. infections, respectively. For the trematode Controrchis spp., more eggs per gram of feces (EPG) were recorded with the flotation solution (FS) #7 (zinc sulfate; specific gravity SG = 1.35) at 1:20 and 1:25 dilution than other methods. By contrast, for the nematode Trypanoxyuris spp., the best results were recorded with FS1 (sucrose and formaldehyde; SG = 1.20) at 1:10 dilution. We recommend the Mini-FLOTAC technique for general use with parasite analysis on frugivore/folivores like the howler monkey, especially if many samples are analyzed. The technique has a high detection rate and the best EPG counts, allowing the qualitative and quantitative analysis of parasite load among the species or populations without the need for specialized equipment.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 81 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 21 26%
Student > Master 9 11%
Researcher 7 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 7%
Unspecified 5 6%
Other 12 15%
Unknown 21 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 14 17%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 12 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 6%
Other 17 21%
Unknown 20 25%

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