Molecular confirmation of Sarcocystis fayeri in a donkey

Coultous, R. M., Raftery, A. G. , Shiels, B. R. , Sutton, D. G.M. and Weir, W. (2017) Molecular confirmation of Sarcocystis fayeri in a donkey. Veterinary Parasitology, 240, pp. 30-33. (doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2017.04.026) (PMID:28576341)

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Sarcocystis fayeri is a canine protozoan parasite with an equine intermediate host. Historically classified as an incidental pathogen, recent literature has described the toxic effects of Sarcocystis fayeri in human food poisoning, and highlighted potential involvement in equine neuromuscular disease. Until now, horses were believed to be the exclusive intermediate host. This study reports the first molecular confirmation of S. fayeri in a donkey, and gives rise to the consideration of donkeys being a potential reservoir for the parasite. This finding is of particular importance in understanding the epidemiology of this disease.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Raftery, Alexandra and Coultous, Dr Robert and Weir, Professor Willie and Shiels, Professor Brian and Sutton, Professor David
Authors: Coultous, R. M., Raftery, A. G., Shiels, B. R., Sutton, D. G.M., and Weir, W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Parasitology
ISSN (Online):1873-2550
Published Online:29 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Veterinary Parasitology 240:30-33
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
694701Equine piroplasmosis: evaluating the threat to the UK and IrelandWilliam WeirHorserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB)VET/RS/254RI BIODIVERSITY ANIMAL HEALTH & COMPMED