Molecular investigation of Cryptosporidium in farmed chickens in Hubei Province, China, identifies 'zoonotic' subtypes of C-meleagridis
Cong Liao, Tao Wang, Anson V Koehler, Yingying Fan, Min Hu, Robin B Gasser
PARASITES & VECTORS | BMC | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Cryptosporidium is a key genus of parasitic protists that infect humans and other vertebrates (mammals and birds). Birds are typically infected with C. avium, C. baileyi, C. galli and/or C. meleagridis, the latter of which is recognised as being zoonotic. Stimulated by the previous finding of C. meleagridis subtypes IIIbA21G1R1, IIIbA22G1R1 and IIIbA26G1R1 in diarrhoeic children in Wuhan city and environs in Hubei Province, China, we performed a molecular epidemiological survey to explore whether these or similar subtypes might occur in farmed chickens in this province. METHODS: PCR-coupled sequencing analyses of regions in the small subunit (SSU) of the nuclear ribosomal RNA and..View full abstract
Awarded by Huazhong Agricultural University Scientific & Technological Self Innovation Foundation
This project was supported by Huazhong Agricultural University Scientific & Technological Self Innovation Foundation (Program no. 2015RC005), and by the Australian Research Council, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Water Corporation (RBG et al.).