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DNA Detection and Genotypic Identification of Potentially Human-Pathogenic Microsporidia from Asymptomatic Pet Parrots in South Korea as a Risk Factor for Zoonotic Emergence
- Lee, So-Young, Lee, Sung-Seok, Lyoo, Young S., Park, Hee-Myung
- Applied and environmental microbiology 2011 v.77 no.23 pp. 8442-8444
- DNA, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Encephalitozoon hellem, feces, parrots, pets, risk factors, South Korea
- We detected and identified genotypes of human-pathogenic microsporidia in fecal samples from 51 asymptomatic captive-bred pet parrots in South Korea. Microsporidia were identified in 8 samples (15.7%); 7 parrots tested positive for Encephalitozoon hellem, and 1 parrot tested positive for both E. hellem and Encephalitozoon cuniculi. In genotypic identifications, E. hellem was present in genotypes 1A and 2B and E. cuniculi was present in genotype II. Pet parrots might be a source of human microsporidian infection.