Submitted to: Australian Society for Microbiology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/6/2001
Publication Date: 9/30/2001
Citation: Fayer, R. 2001. Enteric coccidial infections in humans. [Meeting Abstract].Australian Society for Microbiology.
Technical Abstract: Coccidia are a heterogenous group of protozoan parasites in the Phylum Apicomplexa consisting of genera in animals and humans. In humans 5 genera are prominent. Cryptosporidium, Isospora, Cyclospora have direct life cycles with transmission from one human to another via the fecal/oral route. Sarcocystis and Toxoplasma have two or more hosts in their life cycles with humans acquiring infection from ingestion of raw or undercooke meat containing encysted forms of the parasites (Sarcocystis and Toxoplasma) or via the fecal/oral route with felid feces as the source (Toxoplasma). The presentation will provide the most recent information available on prevalence, outbreaks, methods of detection and treatment, availability of animal models and in vitro cultivation techniques, and efforts to reduce infection.