First isolation of Trichinella britovi from a wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Belgium

Vet Parasitol. 2006 Jan 30;135(2):191-4. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2005.09.002. Epub 2005 Sep 30.


Since 1992, when the European Union Council Directive requires that wild boars (Sus scrofa) hunted in EU for commercial purpose should be examined for Trichinella, the infection has not been detected in wild boars from Belgium, despite serological evidence of the presence of anti-Trichinella antibodies in wildlife and previous reports of Trichinella larvae in this host species. In November 2004, Trichinella larvae were detected in a wild boar hunted near Mettet, Namur province (Southern Belgium). Larvae were identified as Trichinella britovi by polymerase chain reaction methods. This is the first report of the identification of Trichinella larvae from Belgium at the species level. The detection of T. britovi in wildlife in Belgium is consistent with findings of this parasite in other European countries and confirms the need to test game meat for Trichinella to prevent its transmission to humans.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Belgium
  • Diaphragm / parasitology
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Skeletal / parasitology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / veterinary
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 5S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / veterinary
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Sus scrofa / parasitology*
  • Swine Diseases / parasitology*
  • Tongue / parasitology
  • Trichinella / classification*
  • Trichinella / isolation & purification*
  • Trichinellosis / parasitology
  • Trichinellosis / prevention & control
  • Trichinellosis / veterinary*


  • RNA, Ribosomal, 5S