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Good guy or bad guy? Diagnosing stomach disease in pet reptiles
Date:5/31/2011

hat some of the infections do not inconvenience the host geckos but the animals nevertheless represent a source of infection for other reptiles that come into contact with them. Many reptile collections house a number of species together and there is therefore a significant risk of cross-species infection.

The new diagnostic procedure represents a precise method for the early diagnosis of cryptosporidiosis in lizards and snakes, before the animals show symptoms of disease. Nevertheless, Richter still raises a cautionary note. "A further problem is that cryptosporidia are often present in faeces in very low numbers so it is easy to miss them in a single test. We are working to make our method more sensitive but it is very important to test the reptiles repeatedly. A negative result does not necessarily mean that the animal is really free of the parasite."


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Contact: Dr. Barbara Richter
barbara.richter@vetmeduni.ac.at
43-125-077-2424
University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna
Source:Eurekalert

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