Assessment of Parasitologic and ecologic aspects of melanoids snails in Bandar Abbas, Iran


Abdoreza Salahi Moghaddam 1 , * , Asadallah Hosseini Chagini 2

1 Assistant Professor Department of Parasitology, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 Master of Medical Entomology & Vector Control, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran.

How to Cite: Salahi Moghaddam A, Hosseini Chagini A. Assessment of Parasitologic and ecologic aspects of melanoids snails in Bandar Abbas, Iran, Hormozgan Med J. 2009 ; 13(1):e88618.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 13 (1); e88618
Published Online: May 22, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 14, 2007
Accepted: May 22, 2008


Introduction: Melanoids was previously found in Hormozgan province. In
Khuzestan province, up to 2.9% of these snails were infected to cercaria of
trematodes, but there was not any report about its parasitologic aspects in Hormozgan
province. This study was performed to find ecological and paeasitological aspects of
Melanoides tuberculata in Hormozgan province, south of Iran.
Methods: In this descriptive study, 223 snails were collected from 6 points in Bandar
Abbas district. Upon diagnosis of 208 snails as Melanoides tuberculata in laboratory,
they were crushed and their probable cercaria was checked out by a dissecting
microscope. The data were analyzed using Geographic Information System (GIS) and
other ecological information of the region.
Results: From 208 Melanoids snails, 43 cases (20.67%) were infected with
trematodes larval stage.
Conclusion: These cercarias were classified as Gymnocephalus and Xiphydiocarcaria.
It is possible that in special situations, these parasites infect the people.



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