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Volume 22, Number 4—April 2016

Definitive Hosts of Versteria Tapeworms (Cestoda: Taeniidae) Causing Fatal Infection in North America

Laura M. Lee, Roberta S. Wallace, Victoria L. Clyde, Annette Gendron-Fitzpatrick, Samuel D. Sibley, Margot Stuchin, Michael Lauck, David H. O’Connor, Minoru Nakao, Antti Lavikainen, Eric P. Hoberg, and Tony L. GoldbergComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA (L.M. Lee, A. Gendron-Fitzpatrick, S.D. Sibley, M. Lauck, D.H. O’Connor); Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (R.S. Wallace, V.L. Clyde, A. Gendron-Fitzpatrick); Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (M. Stuchin); Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Madison (M. Lauck, D.H. O’Connor, T.L. Goldberg); Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan (M. Nakao); University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (A. Lavikainen); United States National Parasite Collection, Beltsville, Maryland, USA (E.P. Hoberg)

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Table 2

Parasites identified by DNA sequencing of the cox1 gene in samples of wild carnivore feces collected on the grounds of and near the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2014*

Host GenBank accession no.† Most similar to % Similarity‡
Mink KT223036 Alaria alata 91.2 (HM022221)
Raccoon KT223037 Baylisascaris procyonis 100.0 (KC172104)
Long-tailed weasel KT223038 Parafilaroides normani 89.6 (KJ801815)
Skunk KT223039 Taenia crassiceps 86.9 (EU544549)
Mink KT223040 Toxascaris leonina 93.1 (JF780951)

*Only samples with parasite eggs resembling those of cestodes were tested; mink samples were from a local wildlife rehabilitation center. Sequences matching noncestode parasites indicate nonspecificity of PCR primers; results do not exclude the possibility of mixed infections. cox1, cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1.
†For parasite sequences newly generated during this study.
‡Nucleotide similarity to the most similar sequence in GenBank (accession no. in parentheses) as of June 26, 2015.

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