Giardia infection of cats and dogs in New Zealand

Giardia infection of cats and dogs in New Zealand
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Abstract

Giardia intestinalis is a pathogenic protozoan which infects humans and a wide range of animal hosts, including cats and dogs. However, the status of animals in New Zealand with respect to Giardia infections has not received much attention, so we undertook a preliminary study of cats and dogs in Palmerston North and Hamilton to determine the prevalence of infection, as indicated by the presence of cysts in faeces. Faecal specimens were collected from dogs and cats from the three potentially different environments – animals which had recently entered a pound, animals…

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