Occurrence and molecular analysis of Balantidium coli in mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

James M. Hassell, Damer P. Blake, Michael R. Cranfield, Jan Ramer, Jennifer N. Hogan, Jean Bosco Noheli, Michael Waters, Carlos Hermosilla

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Abstract

Cysts morphologically resembling Balantidium coli were identified in the feces of a mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). Confirmatory PCR and sequencing revealed two distinct B. coli-specific sequences (ITS-1, sub-types A0 and B1). This represents the first report of B. coli in this species, raising the possibility of infection from a reservoir host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1063-1065
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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