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Brief Communication
Korean J Parasitol. 1998 Jun;36(2):147-149. English.
Published online Jun 20, 1998.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1998.36.2.147
Copyright © 1998 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Detection of Cryptosporidium oocysts in canine fecal samples by immunofluorescence assay
J T Kim,1S H Wee,*2 and C G Lee3
1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, College of Animal Science, Kangwon National University, Chunchon 200-701, Korea.
Received February 06, 1998; Accepted March 18, 1998.

Abstract

Fecal samples were collected from 257 dogs in four areas in Korea during the period of January 1996 to November 1997 and examined by immunofluorescence assay for Cryptosporidium oocysts using a commercial diagnostic kit (Meridian Diagnostics, Cincinnati, Ohio). Of the 257 samples, 25 (9.7%) were positive for Cryptosporidium. Differences were noted in the prevalence of canine cryptosporidiosis in both areas and dog types. The results provide a further evidence of environmental contamination and widespread distribution of the parasite in Korea.

Tables


Table 1
Prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection based on fecal oocyst detection in 257 dogs by areas


Table 2
Infection rates of dogs with Cryptosporidium according to the type of rearing

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