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WE would like to report the identification of Nematodirus lamae in an 18-month-old alpaca (Vicugna pacos) submitted for postmortem examination to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre in January 2016. To the authors' knowledge, this parasite has not previously been reported outside South America.
The animal, initially one of eight on the holding, had been found dead on the morning of submission. Another animal, an adult female from the same group, had died two weeks previously after a period of recumbency, but had not been submitted for investigation. They had last received an anthelmintic treatment 14 months previously. All the alpacas on the holding had been bred in the UK. One was known to have been born to an imported dam.
On necropsy, examination of the third stomach compartment (C3) detected …