Mercedes Gracenea

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A 298-bp region of the Cryptosporidium parvum 18S rRNA gene and a 390-bp region of the acetyl coenzyme A synthetase gene were sequenced for a range of Cryptosporidium isolates from wild house mice (Mus domesticus), a bat (Myotus adversus), and cattle from different geographical areas. Previous research has identified a distinct genotype, referred to as the(More)
Five rodent and two insectivore species were investigated for Cryptosporidium at seven sites in north-eastern Spain. Of the 442 animals studied, 82 Apodemus sylvaticus, 1 A. flavicollis, 5 Mus spretus, 1 Rattus rattus, 8 Clethrionomys glareolus and 13 Crocidura russula were infected with only C. parvum. Eleven A. sylvaticus and 2 C. glareolus were infected(More)
The faunistic results regarding intestinal parasitism by protozoa and helminths in 21 primate species (three Cebidae, thirteen Cercopithecidae, one Hylobatidae, one Lemuridae, three Pongidae) are reported. The primate species were housed in four separate galleries. Six faecal samples of each host species were subjected to coprological analysis. Fifteen(More)
The tegument of Postorchigenes gymnesicus has been studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The general body tegument is spinous and contains mitochondria, biconcave disc-shaped vesicles bounded by an unitary membrane and displaying a protein content, and scarce spherical bodies. The tegument covering specialized body regions is aspinous.(More)
The aim of this study was to report the prevalence of intestinal parasites in stool specimens from outpatients in Catalonia (Spain), and to evaluate the association of age, seasonality, and gender on general parasitisation and by the most frequent detected species. A total of 13,913 samples from 8,313 patients (1-3 specimens per patient) reporting digestive(More)
The prevalence of fecal shedding of Cryptosporidium in 36 primates (21 species and subspecies) and 62 herbivores (36 species and subspecies) housed at the Barcelona zoo was studied. Cryptosporidial oocysts were found in stool samples of 14 Primate, 18 Artiodactyla, 2 Perissodactyla, and 1 Proboscidea species. None of them showed symptoms related to the(More)
Experimental adults and natural metacercariae of Brachylaima sp. (Digenea: Brachylaimidae) were processed for transmission and scanning electron microscopy, for tetramethyl rhodamine isothiocyanate phalloidin fluorescence, conventional and confocal microscopy and for monoclonal anti-actin antibody immunoelectron microscopy, to describe the ultrastructural(More)
Studies about parasitization by Cryptosporidium in great apes have been scarce and mostly conducted in captivity. The present study reports the presence of Cryptosporidium sp. in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from Ugalla, western Tanzania. Ugalla is one of the driest, most open, and seasonal habitats inhabited by chimpanzees. Cryptosporidium sp. was(More)
Factors influencing the transmission of Cryptosporidium in primates and herbivores housed at the Barcelona zoo have been analyzed. The relationship between continuous and discontinuous oocyst shedding, both animal housing conditions and abiotic factors (seasonality, humidity, temperature) was examined to explain the epizootiology of the protozoan. Thirty(More)