Quantitative Shedding of Two Genotypes of Cryptosporidium parvum in California Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi)

Edward R Atwill, Sergio Maldonado Camargo, Ralph Phillips, Laura Herrera Alonso, Kenneth W. Tate, Wayne A. Jensen, Joe Bennet, Scott Little, Terrell P. Salmon

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Abstract

Sixteen percent of California ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi) were found to be shedding an average of 53,875 Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts/g of feces. Male squirrels had a higher prevalence and higher intensity of shedding than did female squirrels. The majority of C. parvum isolates matched a bovine-murine genotype, with a few isolates resembling a porcine genotype. Higher intensities of shedding by males may enhance dissemination and genotypic mixing of this protozoa given males' proclivity to disperse to nonnatal colonies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2840-2843
Number of pages4
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Microbiology

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