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Occurrence of Giardia duodenalis assemblages in farmed long-tailed chinchillas Chinchilla lanigera (Rodentia) from Romania

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Title
Occurrence of Giardia duodenalis assemblages in farmed long-tailed chinchillas Chinchilla lanigera (Rodentia) from Romania
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Parasites & Vectors, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13071-018-2652-8
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Călin Mircea Gherman, Zsuzsa Kalmár, Adriana Györke, Viorica Mircean

Abstract

Giardia duodenalis is a parasitic protist that infects a large number of species, being localized in the small intestine. Two of the eight recognized assemblages have zoonotic potential, but studies regarding their distribution in less important pet or farm species are scarce. Of these species, the long-tailed chinchilla is a host for Giardia spp., although data on the spread of infection and assemblages involved are confined. The present work aimed to determine the prevalence of Giardia infection and assemblage identification in farmed chinchillas in Romania. A total of 341 fecal samples were collected from 5 farms and microscopically examined using flotation test based on saturated sodium chloride solution. DNA from all positive samples was extracted and identified by PCR targeting the gdh gene. The overall prevalence of Giardia infection was 55.7% (190/341); there was no statistically significant difference (P = 0.25) in prevalence between young animals (58.8%) and adults (52.6%). Assemblages B (151/190), D (33/190) and E (6/190) were identified. Among assemblage B, sub-assemblages BIII (6/151) and BIV (145/151) were determined. This study demonstrates that Giardia spp. infection is highly prevalent in farmed chinchillas from Romania, and the sub-assemblages identified are potentially zoonotic.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 6 24%
Professor 2 8%
Student > Bachelor 2 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 8%
Researcher 2 8%
Other 5 20%
Unknown 6 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 10 40%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 4%
Other 2 8%
Unknown 6 24%

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