Balantidium coli-infection in a Finnish horse.
Authors: Headley SA,Kummala E,Sukura A,
Address: Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. email@example.com
Journal: Vet Parasitol.
Publication: 2008 Nov 25;158(1-2):129-32. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2008.08.013. Epub 2008 Aug 29.
Balantidium coli is a ciliated protozoan that inhabits the large intestine of swine, man, rodents, and nonhuman primates. Frequently this organism is associated with enteric diseases in man and nonhuman primates, with rare manifestations of disease in swine and other mammalian species. This report describes a case of B. coli-induced enteric disease in a 15-yr-old, mare, Finnish horse after an acute onset of colic. Severe hemorrhagic and eosinophilic colitis with intense infiltration of intralesional B. coli-like ciliated protozoan were found histologically.
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