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Survey for Cyclospora cayetanensis in Domestic Animals in an Endemic Area in Haiti

Mark L. Eberhard, Eva K. Nace and Amanda R. Freeman
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 85, No. 3 (Jun., 1999), pp. 562-563
DOI: 10.2307/3285797
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3285797
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Abstract

From January 1997 through July 1998, we examined stool samples from 327 domestic animals, including pigs, cattle, horses, goats, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chicken, ducks, turkeys, and pigeons in Leogane, Haiti, for the presence of Cyclospora cayetanensis infection. No coccidian oocysts morphologically compatible with C. cayetanensis were detected in any of the animal samples, despite their living in, or near, households with infected individuals. These results suggest that domestic animals are not reservoir hosts for C. cayetanensis and that in this endemic area, humans are the only natural host for this parasite.

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