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Research Project: Detection and Control of Foodborne Parasites for Food Safety

Location: Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory

Title: Coccidiosis in livestock, poultry, companion animals, and humans, Editor J.P. Dubey

item Dubey, Jitender

Submitted to: Coccidiosis in Livestock, Poultry, Companion Animals, and Humans
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/22/2019
Publication Date: 12/11/2019
Citation: Dubey, J.P. (Ed.) 2020. Coccidiosis in Livestock, Poultry, Companion Animals, and Humans. 381 pages.

Interpretive Summary: Coccidiosis is one of the most important diseases of livestock, particularly poultry. Billions of dollars are spent on prevention worldwide to minimize coccidiosis in poultry. Traditionally, coccidiosis was considered an intestinal disease, caused by several distinct Eimeria species. The disease is so important and pervasive that until recently all poultry feed was medicated with coccidiostats, mainly antibiotics. With the rapid development of drug resistance, and the increasing concern of feeding antibiotics to food animals and potential impact on public health, research has been directed to finding alternative methods of control of coccidiosis in poultry. This book focuses on the genera Eimeria, Cyclospora and Cystisospora, which are apicomplexan parasites, known as conventional coccidia, and cause coccidiosis. Here, Dr. Dubey recruited scientists of high international reputation from all over the world to contribute chapters on the basic biology of coccidia, phylogeny, host immunity, vaccination, genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, and on the current state of anti-coccidial drugs. These seven chapters provide an excellent and up-to-date overview on the covered subjects. The following chapters are dedicated to coccidiosis in the different major livestock species, including cattle, water buffaloes, pigs, sheep, goats, and most important, poultry. However, also other host species are covered, including camelids, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, horse and other equids, dogs, cats, and also humans. In these chapters the reader will encounter concise information on the different species of coccidia found in the different host species, the life cycle and morphological features, data on prevalence, on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management and treatment options. The book also contains illustrations, showing the morphological, histological and structural features of the different coccidia, and how infections affect their hosts and cause disease. In addition, many tables are provided, that summarize all this information in a concise and clear manner. Overall, this book represents an invaluable, highly useful resource and “must-have” for all interested in coccidian parasites, including students, biologists, veterinarians, parasitologists, government, academia and industry.

Technical Abstract: Not required.