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Vet Parasitol. 2007 Mar 31;144(3-4):349-52. Epub 2006 Nov 15.

The first finding of a natural infection of Cryptosporidium muris in a cat.

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  • 1State Veterinary Institute Prague, Pathology and Parasitology Department, 165 03 Prague 6, Czech Republic.


Little is known about the species of Cryptosporidium infecting cats. The limited number of genetic studies conducted to date, have all identified C. felis as the species of Cryptosporidium in cats. We report a morphological and genetic description of a natural C. muris infection in a cat. Oocysts were viable and were successfully transmitted to laboratory mice. Further studies are required to determine the range and prevalence of Cryptosporidium species infecting cats.

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