Faecal specimens from 305 horses and mules used as packstock at one of 17 commercial or governmental (National Park Service, US Forest Service) operations were examined for Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium parvum using immunofluorescent microscopy. Fourteen packstock (4.6%) were shedding G. duodenalis cysts, with herd-level prevalences ranging 0-22%. Number of packstock in the corral, size of corral and density of packstock in the corral were associated with the odds of shedding G. duodenalis cysts. None of the horses had detectable C. parvum oocysts. Assuming a sensitivity of at least 43% and a specificity of 100% for our assay, the estimated maximum true prevalence of shedding of C. parvum for packstock would be ≤ 2.3% of the population. These data suggest that faecal dispersal of C. parvum on back country watersheds is unlikely with packstock.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Equine Veterinary Journal|
|State||Published - May 2000|
- Cryptosporidium parvum
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