Open Veterinary Journal

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Cryptosporidium varanii infection in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) in Argentina

A. Dellarupe1,2, J.M. Unzaga1,*, G. Moré1,2, M. Kienast3, A. Larsen4, C. Stiebel5, M. Rambeaud1,2 and M.C. Venturini1

1Laboratorio de Inmunoparasitología, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 60 y 118, 1900 La Plata, Argentina

2Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina

3Instituto de Genética Veterinaria (IGEVET), CCT La Plata, CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina

4Cátedra de Inmunología Veterinaria, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina

5Dpto. Zoonosis, Municipalidad Gral. San Martín, Prov. de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Abstract

Cryptosporidiosis is observed in reptiles with high morbidity and considerable mortality. The objective of this study was to achieve the molecular identification of Cryptosporidium spp. in pet leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) from a breeder colony in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oocysts comparable to those of Cryptosporidium spp. were detected in three geckos with a history of diarrhea, anorexia and cachexia. Molecular identification methods confirmed the presence of Cryptosporidium varanii (syn. C. saurophilum). This agent was considered to be the primary cause of the observed clinical disease. This is the first description of C. varanii infection in pet reptiles in Argentina.

Keywords: Argentina, Cryptosporidium spp., Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), PCR, Sequencing.

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Cite this paper:

Dellarupe, A., Unzaga, J.M., Moré, G., Kienast, M., Larsen, A., Stiebel, C., Rambeaud, M. and Venturini, M.C. 2016. Cryptosporidium varanii infection in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) in Argentina. Open Vet. J. 6(2), 98-101.