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A case of concurrent occurrence of metastrongylosis and gnathostomosis in a wild boar (Sus scrofa).


Free living feral pigs are known reservoirs of various pathogens. Post-mortem examination of the carcass of a wild boar in the Department of Veterinary Pathology revealed worms in the lower trachea and bronchi, along with adult round worms in the stomach. The worms in the respiratory tract and stomach were identified as Metastrongylus sp. and Gnathostoma sp. respectively. The present report describes the pathological changes induced by these parasites in the host animal. Also, the report indicates the potential risk of humans and domestic swine contracting various infectious diseases from wild pigs.