Book Chapter

A Perspective on Cryptosporidium and Giardia, with an Emphasis on Bovines and Recent Epidemiological Findings

Harshanie Abeywardena, Aaron R Jex, Robin B Gasser

ADVANCES IN PARASITOLOGY, VOL 88 | Advances in Parasitology | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2015


Cryptosporidium and Giardia are two common aetiological agents of infectious enteritis in humans and animals worldwide. These parasitic protists are usually transmitted by the faecal-oral route, following the ingestion of infective stages (oocysts or cysts). An essential component of the control of these parasitic infections, from a public health perspective, is an understanding of the sources and routes of transmission in different geographical regions. Bovines are considered potential sources of infection for humans, because species and genotypes of Cryptosporidium and Giardia infecting humans have also been isolated from cattle in molecular parasitological studies. However, species and ge..

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