Blastocystis found in both small intestine and large intestine of pigs

A report from a research team at the from the University of Queensland, Australia has identified Blastocystis infection in both the small and large intestines of pigs.  By studying a total of 28 pigs infected with Blastocystis, the authors found that the primary types observed were Blastocystis sp. subtypes 3 and 1.  The researchers suggested that pigs may provide suitable animals models for Blastocystis infection in humans.  The full text of the study is available from PLOS-One.

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