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Parasitology
Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in Cornwall
  1. Vic Simpson
  1. Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Chacewater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8PB
  1. e-mail: vic{at}wildlifevic.org

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THE article by Kirk and others (2014) and the corresponding editorial by Morgan (2014) on the apparent changing distribution of Angiostrongylus vasorum in the UK are of particular interest to me and I would like to make a few comments and one correction.

The first description of A vasorum infection in dogs in Cornwall was made in 1979 by my colleagues Gareth Jones, Colin Neale and Geoff Turner at Polwhele Veterinary Investigation Centre in Truro (Jones and others 1980). Over the next 10 years many more cases occurred in Cornwall but all were confined to the Redruth area (Martin and Neal 1992). A subsequent study showed that foxes were also infected, although the distribution of infected foxes extended beyond the known focus for infected dogs (Simpson 1996). As this persistent endemic focus was apparently the source of infection for south Wales, south-east England …

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