Acta Parasitologica

, 54:1 | Cite as

Occurrence of Cryptosporidium hominis in pigeons (Columba livia)

  • Néstor Abreu-Acosta
  • Pilar Foronda-Rodríguez
  • Mercedes López
  • Basilio Valladares
Article

Abstract

This study demonstrated the presence of Cryptosporidium hominis in pigeons for the first time. Previously, C. hominis had been cited only in another bird species, Branta canadiensis. The present findings suggest that pigeons may act as mechanical vectors for this protozoan.

Keywords

Cryptosporidium hominis pigeons Canary Islands 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Néstor Abreu-Acosta
    • 1
  • Pilar Foronda-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • Mercedes López
    • 1
  • Basilio Valladares
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Universitario de Enfermedades Tropicales y Salud Pública de CanariasLa Laguna, Tenerife, Canary IslandsSpain

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