Evidence for Animal Reservoirs and Transmission of Giardia Infection between Animal Species

  • Patrick K. Woo

Abstract

Although a great deal of experimental work has been done on transmission of Giardia between animal species, relatively little of that is conclusive. This is unfortunate because as will be shown later, knowledge of host specificity may help to resolve a fundamental problem, i.e., defining species within this genus. Also, conclusive knowledge regarding host specificity of various Giardia is essential in determining the existing or potential reservoirs of disease-causing members (e.g., G. lamblia). Meyer and Jarroll (1980) pointed out that there “is no general agreement regarding those characteristics which define species in the genus Giardia.” Part of the problem may be that it is generally more difficult to apply the species concepts to agamous organisms that are morphologically similar.

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Host Specificity Giemsa Stain Median Body Giardia Lamblia Intestinal Protozoan 
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  • Patrick K. Woo
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  1. 1.Department of Zoology, College of Biological ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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