Completion of the life cycle of Sarcocystis neurona.

  title={Completion of the life cycle of Sarcocystis neurona.},
  author={Jitender Prakash Dubey and William Saville and David S. Lindsay and Roger William Stich and J F Stanek and C A Speert and Benjamin M Rosenthal and Chinedu J Njoku and Oliver Chun Hung Kwok and Shi Kang Shen and Stephen M. Reed},
  journal={The Journal of parasitology},
  volume={86 6},
Sarcocystis neurona is the most important cause of a neurologic disease in horses, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The complete life cycle of S. neurona, including the description of sarcocysts and intermediate hosts, has not been completed until now. Opossums (Didelphis spp.) are definitive hosts, and horses and other mammals are aberrant hosts. In the present study, laboratory-raised domestic cats (Felis domesticus) were fed sporocysts from the intestine of a naturally infected… CONTINUE READING