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1 October 2013 Occurrence and Molecular Analysis of Balantidium coli in Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
James M. Hassell, Damer P. Blake, Michael R. Cranfield, Jan Ramer, Jennifer N. Hogan, Jean Bosco Noheli, Michael Waters, Carlos Hermosilla
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Cysts morphologically resembling Balantidium coli were identified in the feces of a mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). Confirmatory PCR and sequencing revealed two distinct B. coli-specific sequences (ITS-1, sub-types A0 and B1). This represents the first report of B. coli in this species, raising the possibility of infection from a reservoir host.

Wildlife Disease Association 2013
James M. Hassell, Damer P. Blake, Michael R. Cranfield, Jan Ramer, Jennifer N. Hogan, Jean Bosco Noheli, Michael Waters, and Carlos Hermosilla "Occurrence and Molecular Analysis of Balantidium coli in Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(4), 1063-1065, (1 October 2013). https://doi.org/10.7589/2013-02-041
Received: 22 February 2013; Accepted: 1 May 2013; Published: 1 October 2013
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