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Periodicity of Dirofilaria immitis microfilariae in a dog from Muheza district, Tanzania

  • Y. G. Matola (a1)

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Dirofilaria immitis (the dog heartworm) microfilarial periodicity was determined hourly for five days in an infected dog from Kambai village in Muheza district Tanzania. Maximal microfilarial counts were found at 1100 h and minimal at 2200 h. This finding represents the first record of D. immitis microfilarial periodicity in Tanzania.

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Periodicity of Dirofilaria immitis microfilariae in a dog from Muheza district, Tanzania

  • Y. G. Matola (a1)

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