A novel Sarcocystis neurona genotype XIII is associated with severe encephalitis in an unexpectedly broad range of marine mammals from the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

@article{Barbosa2015ANS,
  title={A novel Sarcocystis neurona genotype XIII is associated with severe encephalitis in an unexpectedly broad range of marine mammals from the northeastern Pacific Ocean.},
  author={Lorraine Barbosa and Christine Kreuder Johnson and Dyanna M. Lambourn and Amanda K Gibson and Katherine H. Haman and Jessica L. Huggins and Amy R Sweeny and Natarajan Sundar and Stephen A. Raverty and Michael E. Grigg},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2015},
  volume={45 9-10},
  pages={595-603}
}
Sarcocystis neurona is an important cause of protozoal encephalitis among marine mammals in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. To characterise the genetic type of S. neurona in this region, samples from 227 stranded marine mammals, most with clinical or pathological evidence of protozoal disease, were tested for the presence of coccidian parasites using a nested PCR assay. The frequency of S. neurona infection was 60% (136/227) among pinnipeds and cetaceans, including seven marine mammal species… CONTINUE READING