Blastocystis infection identified in most food animals from India

A study of cecal scrapings from 24 broiler chickens, 4 turkeys, and 1 piglet showed organisms consistent with Blastocystis in most of the animals.  Specifically all of the chickens, 3 of the 4 turkeys, and the piglet showed infections, albeit in small numbers.  Researchers suggested that the infections may not have been the cause of death in the animals, since the organisms were present in low prevalence in scrapings.  Researchers suggested that the study suggested that there may be health significance in the transmission of Blastocystis from animals to humans.  Full text in the Journal of Parasitic Diseases.


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