Cryptosporidium parvum Genotype 2 infections, in free-ranging mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

T. K. Graczyk, A. J. DaSilva, M. R. Cranfield, J. B. Nizeyi, G. R.N.N. Kalema, N. J. Pieniazek

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Abstract

For behavioral research and due to growing ecotourism, some populations of free-ranging mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) have become habituated to humans. Molecular analysis of two Cryptosporidium sp. oocyst isolates originating from two human-habituated gorilla groups and two oocyst isolates from non-habituated gorillas yielded positive identification of C. parvum Genotype 2 (G2; i.e., "cattle", "animal-adapted", or "zoonotic"). As G2 is cross-transmissible between humans and animals, C. parvum infections can be propagated in the habitats of human-habituated, free-ranging gorillas through both zoonotic and anthroponotic transmission cycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-370
Number of pages3
JournalParasitology Research
Volume87
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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