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Epidemiological scenario of giardiosis in dogs from central Italy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Olivier Sparagano


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In order to update and implement the data on the epidemiological situation of giardiosis in the Italian arena, stool samples from 240 dogs living in the Abruzzo region (central Italy) were examined for prevalence, risk factors, and genotypes. Giardia duodenalis cysts were detected in 26.6% of the dogs and kennel dogs tested. Dogs younger than 12 months (38%) and with diarrhea (46%) were statistically more affected. Species-specific G. duodenalis assemblages (C and D) were identified in kennel and in privately owned dogs, while the zoonotic assemblage A was identified in privately owned dogs. In light of these results, giardiosis in dogs, and mainly in well-cared dogs, is still a problem of concern and may pose a public health risk. © 2008 New York Academy of Sciences.

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Author(s): Paoletti B, Iorio R, Capelli G, Sparagano OAE, Giangaspero A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM)

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 371-374

ISSN: 0077-8923 (print) 1749-6632 (online)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.


DOI: 10.1196/annals.1428.005

PubMed id: 19120253

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ISBN: 9781573317146