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Volume 25(1), Spring 2015

FECAVA symposium

Feline intestinal protozoa –

zoonotic importance or not?

by Michael Lappin


dispelling the myths


Listen to the short interview where Mike Lappin presents the highlights of his talk


Of the intestinal protozoa of cats, the coccidians Toxoplasma gondii and Cryptosporidium species and the flagellate Giardia species have the most zoonotic risk. It is known that most Cryptosporidium species in humans, dogs or cats are host adapted. The cat and dog genotypes,

C. canis and C. felis, are less common than C. hominus and C. parvum in people and are unlikely to cause illness in people. Giardia species can be characterized into genetic assemblages that appear to be mainly be hostspecific, with cats and dogs usually being infected by assemblages C, D and F. However, assemblages A and B, which are associated with illness in humans, are occasionally identified in ...

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Test your knowledge on zoonotic protozoa in cats


Click here to test your knowledge on zoonotic protozoa in cats

Baby at risk?


Although exposure to cats is epidemiologically associated with acquiring toxoplasmosis some studies, touching individual cats is probably not a common way to acquire toxoplasmosis.

Why? Four reasons.


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Normal stool? Cool!


Dogs and cats with normal stools are unlikely to be sources of human Giardia infection.


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