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Title: Cryptosporidium spp. in wild murids (Rodentia) from Corsica, France
Author: García-Livia, Katherine
Fernández-Álvarez, Ángela
Feliu José, Carlos
Miquel Colomé, Jordi
Quilichini, Yann
Foronda, Pilar
Keywords: Rosegadors
Còrsega (França)
Corsica (France)
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: Cryptosporidium spp. are worldwide protozoan parasites that can affect to a broad range of vertebrate hosts, including rodents. In the island of Corsica (France), there are no previous data about these protozoa infecting wild rodents. To estimate the distribution and occurrence, a total of 117 wild murine rodents of the species Rattus rattus (84), Mus musculus domesticus (21), Apodemus sylvaticus (11), and Rattus norvegicus (1) were captured in 24 different biotopes. Fecal samples were screened for Cryptosporidium spp. by nested PCR to amplify an 830 bp fragment of the 18S rRNA gene. As general occurrence, 15.4% of the rodents analyzed were positive for Cryptosporidium spp., being detected widely distributed along the island in R. rattus (17.6%) and M. m. domesticus (14.3%). Cryptosporidium viatorum, Cryptosporidium sp. rat genotype II, and Cryptosporidium sp. rat genotype III were successfully identified in R. rattus. The results herein reported provide the first data on Cryptosporidium spp. in wild murine species from a Mediterranean island and constitute the first report of the zoonotic species C. viatorum in R. rattus. Although a low occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp. in murids was obtained and only in one animal the zoonotic species C. viatorum was identified, our results highlight that wild murine rodents from Corsica could mediate in the maintenance and transmission of this protozoan to the environment and other hosts including humans and animals. Further studies are required to better understand the epidemiology of Cryptosporidium spp. in wild rodents from Corsica and their possible public health repercussions. Keywords: Apodemus sylvaticus; Corsica; Cryptosporidium viatorum; Mus musculus domesticus; Rattus norvegicus; Rattus rattus.
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It is part of: Parasitology Research, 2022, vol. 121, num. 1, p. 345-354
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ISSN: 0932-0113
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