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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária

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INACIO, Sandra Valéria et al. Cryptosporidium spp. infection in mares and foals of the northwest region of São Paulo State, Brazil. Rev. Bras. Parasitol. Vet. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.4, pp.355-358.  Epub Nov 27, 2012. ISSN 1984-2961.

The present study aimed to analyze the occurrence of infection by Cryptosporidium spp. in mares and their respective foals. This study was carried out in 11 farms located in the municipalities of Araçatuba, Birigui, Guararapes and Santo Antônio do Aracangua, in the northwest region of the State of Sao Paulo, from November 2010 to March 2011. A total of 98 mares and 98 foals of several breeds were analyzed; among foals, 59 were males and 39 females, aged from three to 330 days. Feces were collected directly from the rectal ampulla, purified and processed according to modified Kinyoun stain. Occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp. was 21.4% (21/98) for foals and 18.4% (18/98) for mares. Occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp. had significant association with breeds and age of animals. Results obtained led to the conclusion that foals older than two months and Mangalarga animals are less susceptible to the occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp.

Keywords : Cryptosporidium; frequency; mares; foals.

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