Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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