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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2002 Oct;97(7):941-5.

Enterocytozoon bieneusi (microsporidia) in faecal samples from domestic animals from Galicia, Spain.

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Instituto de Biotecnología, Universidad de Granada, Granada, España.


In this survey we examined 87 domestic animal stool samples in order to detect the possible presence of microsporidia in animals in close contact with humans in Galicia (NW, Spain). The detection of Enterocytozoon bieneusi spores was confirmed in faecal samples from two dogs and one goat by polymerase chain reaction. None of the positive samples for microsporidia in the staining method were amplified with species-specific primers for Encephalitozoon intestinalis, E. hellem and E. cuniculi. Four rabbits faecal samples reacted with anti-E. cuniculi serum. Our results could indicate the importance of domestic animals as zoonotic reservoirs of microsporidial human infections.

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