Microsporidia of mammals--widespread pathogens or opportunistic curiosities?

  title={Microsporidia of mammals--widespread pathogens or opportunistic curiosities?},
  author={Elizabeth U. Canning and W S Hollister},
  journal={Parasitology today},
  volume={3 9},
The microsporidia are primitive eukaryotic parasites - well known in some invertebrates and in fish, and increasingly recognized in mammals. One species, Encephalitozoon cuniculi is widespread in rodents, lagomorphs and carnivores and has been reported in human and non-human primates. But although clinical expressions of E. cuniculi infections are well substantiated in carnivores, evidence for its pathogeniciry in primates is less clear. Indeed, serological evidence suggests that latent… CONTINUE READING
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