Cryptosporidium and Giardia in wild otters (Lutra lutra).

  title={Cryptosporidium and Giardia in wild otters (Lutra lutra).},
  author={Fernando M{\'e}ndez-Hermida and Hip{\'o}lito G{\'o}mez-Couso and Rafael Romero-Suances and Elvira Ares-Maz{\'a}s},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  volume={144 1-2},
A total of 437 faecal samples from wild otter (Lutra lutra) were collected from 161 sites in Galicia (northwest Spain) and were analysed by a direct immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT). Cryptosporidium sp. oocysts and Giardia sp. cysts were detected in 17 (3.9%) and 30 (6.8%) samples, respectively. The results demonstrate that otters may contribute to the contamination of watercourses, although further studies are required to establish which species or genotypes of Cryptosporidium and… CONTINUE READING

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