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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Fatal Visceral and Neural Sarcocystosis in Dogs

Authors
item Trasti, S - CORNELL UNIV, NEW YORK
item Dubey, Jitender
item Webb, D - ILLINOIS DEPT OF AG
item Blanchard, T - ARM FORCES INST PATH, DC
item Britt, J - LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
item Fritz, D - FORT DETRICK, MARYLAND
item Lewis, R - CORNELL UNIV, NEW YORK

Submitted to: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: February 10, 1999
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Sarcocystis canis is a single celled parasite of dogs and other animals. It can cause neurologic and liver diseases in animals. Its source of infection and life cycle are unknown. Until now the parasite has been reported only from the U.S. Scientists at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and Cornell University report 4 additional cases of acute S. canis infections in dogs from the U.S. This results will help pathologists and parasitologists in the diagnosis of this disease.

Technical Abstract: This paper describes acute visceral and neural sarcocystosis in four dogs. One animal was simultaneously infected with distemper virus, and another with Blastomyces dermatitidis. Schizonts and merozoites of Sarcocystis canis were found in the lesions.

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