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Meningeal Worm of Sheep, Llama, etc

Paul Mason masonp at earthlight.co.nz
Fri Oct 3 18:13:06 EST 1997

The scientific name of meningeal worm is Parelaphostrongylus tenuis.  I 
have done a lot of work with a close relative, Elaphostrongylus cervi, 
which is a parasite of red deer and is close relatives.  The larval 
stages of both these parasites develop in a wide variety of slugs and 
snails, but mainly terresrial ones.  The larvae will also remain 
infective in dead slugs and snails.  There will be snails present even 
though your soil is sandy.  In addition, slugs and snails could occur in 
any hay you bring in as stock feed.

Hope this helps

Dr Paul Mason  
Consultant Parasitologist

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