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The BeaverIts Life and Impact$
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Dietland Muller-Schwarze

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450105

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450105.001.0001

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Parasites and Diseases

Parasites and Diseases

(p.129) Chapter 15 Parasites and Diseases
The Beaver

Dietland Müller-Schwarze

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides an overview of parasites and diseases that affect beaver populations. Two human diseases linked to endoparasites of beavers are tularemia and Giardiasis. In addition to such endoparasites, beavers may be host to a number of helminth (worm) species. Tuberculosis epidemics have also been identified in the Eurasian beaver in the wild and the North American beaver in captivity. Ectoparasites, including beetles and mites, as well as tumors may also occur in beavers. This chapter discusses a range of beaver diseases associated with endoparasites and ectoparasites. It also considers the role of beavers as a link in the chain that leads to giardiasis, also known as “beaver fever”.

Keywords:   parasites, diseases, beaver, endoparasites, tularemia, Giardiasis, helminth, tuberculosis, ectoparasites, beaver fever

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