Genotypes of Giardia duodenalis in Household Dogs and Cats from Poland
Agnieszka Piekara-Stępińska , Jolanta Piekarska , Michał Gorczykowski , Jacek Bania
AbstractBackground: Giardia duodenalis is a widespread protozoan parasite affecting humans and many species of animals, including dogs and cats. Due to its zoonotic potential, it is important to know the frequency of this parasite in companion animals. The aim of this study was to determine current epidemiological status of G. duodenalis in household dogs and cats. Methods: In this study, 293 fecal samples from pet dogs and cats were collected from January 2017 to July 2019 and tested for G. duodenalis by PCR (using β-giardin gene). The animals were divided into groups depending on their age, breed and fecal consistency. Results: The examination allowed for detection of G. duodenalis in 6.0% of canine and 3.9% of feline fecal samples. The highest frequency was revealed in young (under one-year old) dogs. Sequencing confirmed the presence of assemblages C and D in dogs and A and F in cats. Conclusion: The study showed current frequency of G. duodenalis in dogs and cats and also revealed the occurrence of host-specific assemblages as well as zoonotic assemblage A.
|Journal series||Acta Parasitologica, ISSN 1230-2821, e-ISSN 1896-1851, (N/A 40 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Nested PCR, β-Giardin, Protozoa, Zoonosis|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Not used for evaluation||yes|
|Publication indicators||= 1; = 1; : 2018 = 0.664; : 2019 = 1.019 (2) - 2019=1.026 (5)|
|Citation count*||1 (2021-05-04)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.