Molecular identification of Trichinella britovi in martens (Martes martes) and badgers (Meles meles); new host records in Poland

Acta Parasitol. 2012 Dec;57(4):402-5. doi: 10.2478/s11686-012-0054-1. Epub 2012 Nov 6.


Trichinella larvae were detected in a marten (Martes martes) and a badger (Meles meles) in Poland. The animals were found dead following car accidents. All examined animals derived from the Mazurian Lake district, north-east Poland, near the village Kosewo Górne where Trichinella infection were earlier confirmed in wildlife; red foxes and wild boars. The muscle samples were examined by artificial pepsin-HCl digestion method. The parasites were identified as Trichinella britovi by multiplex polymerase chain reaction method. Larvae were found in two out of three martens and one out of seven examined badgers. This is the first report of the identification of Trichinella britovi larvae from martens and badgers in Poland.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA, Helminth / genetics
  • Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Muscles / parasitology
  • Muscles / pathology
  • Mustelidae / parasitology*
  • Poland
  • Trichinella / classification*
  • Trichinella / genetics
  • Trichinella / isolation & purification*
  • Trichinellosis / parasitology
  • Trichinellosis / veterinary*


  • DNA, Helminth