A study of factors associated with Giardia and Cryptosporidium infections in humans, dogs and cats in the USA
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Giardia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp. are two of the leading causal agents of parasitic diarrhea in humans, dogs and cats. The two pathogens contain both host-adapted and zoonotic strains and dogs and cats can harbor both strains. There is critical need to understand factors potentially associated with the risk and prevalence of infection due to Giardia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp. in dogs, cats and humans. This will ultimately aid in disease management and control. Furthermore, molecular characterization of the human, dog or cat isolates may identify zoonotic genotypes and may provide further ...