Case Report

A case of heartworm (Dirofilaria Immitis) in an imported dog and a report of the occurrence of Canine Microfilariae in the Republic of South Africa

Anna Verster, W. J. Cilliers, Heidi Schroeder
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 1 | a1583 | DOI: | © 2020 Anna Verster, W. J. Cilliers, Heidi Schroeder | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2017 | Published: 30 March 1991

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Anna Verster, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
W. J. Cilliers, Private Practitioner, Brackenhurst, South Africa
Heidi Schroeder, Department of Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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A dog imported from Australia had microfilaria of Dirofilaria immitis in its blood. This is the second report of these m1crofilanae m dogs imported into the Republic of South Africa. The treatment of this dog is described. Other filarial worms which are known to occur In the RSA are discussed.


Microfilariae; canines; Dirofilaria immitis; Dirofilaria repens; Dipetalonema reconditum; Dipetalonema dracunculoides


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