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Vet Parasitol. 2006 Sep 10;140(3-4):189-203. Epub 2006 Jul 7.

Zoonotic implications of the swine-transmitted protozoal infections.

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  • 1Division of Intestinal and Genital Protozoal Diseases, Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Pig production is an important part of the economy in many countries. Domestic and wild pigs (Sus scrofa) are susceptible to a wide range of infectious and parasitic diseases. Some of these diseases are specifically limited to pigs while some of the other diseases are shared with other species of wildlife and domestic livestock. As the numbers and geographic distribution of wild and domestic swines continue to increase, it is certain that the number of contacts between these swines and domestic livestock will also increase, as will the probability of human exposure to the parasites of swine directly or indirectly. Here, we will discuss the protozoal infections of pigs, which have the potential to infect humans and provide reasonable risk assessment for zoonotic transmission.

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