Intestinal Cryptosporidium sp. infection in the Egyptian tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni

T. K. Graczyk, M. R. Cranfield, J. Mann, J. D. Strandberg

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Abstract

An adult Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) presented with clinical signs of enteritis and died 5 weeks after initiation of antibiotic therapy. Histological examination of the small intestine revealed heavy infection with Cryptosporidium sp.; over 80% of epithelial cells harboured the pathogen. No Cryptosporidium developmental stages were present in the stomach or the lungs. The intestinal lamina propria and mucosa were infiltrated by heterophils, lymphocytes and macrophages. The present study constitutes the first report of Cryptosporidium sp. infection in T. kleinmanni, and the first histological documentation of intestinal cryptosporidiosis in Chelonia. Copyright (C) 1998 Australian Society for Parasitology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1885-1888
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology
Volume28
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

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Cryptosporidium
Turtles
Mucous Membrane
Infection
Cryptosporidiosis
Enteritis
Documentation
Small Intestine
Stomach
Epithelial Cells
Macrophages
Lymphocytes
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Lung
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Intestinal cryptosporidiosis
  • Testudo kleinmanni

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Intestinal Cryptosporidium sp. infection in the Egyptian tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni. / Graczyk, T. K.; Cranfield, M. R.; Mann, J.; Strandberg, J. D.

In: International Journal for Parasitology, Vol. 28, No. 12, 01.12.1998, p. 1885-1888.

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Graczyk, T. K. ; Cranfield, M. R. ; Mann, J. ; Strandberg, J. D. / Intestinal Cryptosporidium sp. infection in the Egyptian tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni. In: International Journal for Parasitology. 1998 ; Vol. 28, No. 12. pp. 1885-1888.
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