Occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp. infection in antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus)

João Carlos Gomes Borges Leucio Câmara Alves Jociery Einhardt Vergara-Parente Maria Aparecida da Glória Faustino Erilane de Castro Lima Machado About the authors

Cryptosporidiosis is a zoonosis which can affect man and a wide range of domestic and wild animals, mainly immunodeficient individuals. The objective of this paper was reported the occurrence of a Cryptosporidium infection in Antillean manatee. After an unusual behavior of an Antillean manatee kept in captivity at the Centro Mamíferos Aquáticos, ICMBio - FMA, clinical examination and posterior fecal sampling was performed. Fecal samples were examined by the Kinyoun technique, Direct Immunofluorescence Test and also examined by 4'.6'-Diamidino-2-Phenylindole (DAPI) staining. At the clinical examination, the animal showed signs of abdominal pain. The results obtained by light and fluorescence microscopy analysis showed the presence of Cryptosporidium spp. oocyst in feces of this manatee.

Cryptosporidium; Northeastern Region; aquatic mammals; sirenians

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