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Detection of the Cryptosporidium parvum “Human” Genotype in a Dugong (Dugong Dugon)

Morgan, U.M., Xiao, L., Hill, B.D., O'Donoghue, P., Limor, J., Lal, A.A. and Thompson, R.C.A. (2000) Detection of the Cryptosporidium parvum “Human” Genotype in a Dugong (Dugong Dugon). Journal of Parasitology, 86 (6). pp. 1352-1354.

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The Cryptosporidium "human" genotype was identified in a paraffin-embedded tissue section from a dugong (Dugong dugon) by 2 independent laboratories. DNA sequencing and polymerase chain re-action/restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the 18S ribosomal RNA gene and the acetyl CoA synthethase gene clearly identified the genotype as that of the Cryptosporidium variant that infects humans. This is the first report of the human Cryptosporidium genotype in a nonprimate host.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: American Society of Parasitologists
Copyright: © 2000 The American Society of Parasitologists
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