First report of Cryptosporidium deer-like genotype in Kenyan cattle

Kamwati SK;, Kakundi EM;, Mbae CK;, Kang’ethe EK;, Szonyia B;, Hussni MO. "First report of Cryptosporidium deer-like genotype in Kenyan cattle."; 2008.


The objective of the study was to identify Cryptosporidium genotypes from feces collected from urban and peri-urban dairy cattle in Nairobi, Kenya, in order to determine their zoonotic potential. DNA was extracted from 34 samples that were diagnosed positive by the modified Ziehl–Neelsen technique. Two Cryptosporidium isolates examined at the 18S rRNA locus were identified as the deer-like genotype by DNA sequencing. As public health officials are facing the difficult decision whether to allow urban livestock production because of its economic benefits and a livelihood asset to the urban communities, or to ban it for its public health risks, the finding of non-zoonotic genotypes in a smallholder dairy system has significant public health as well as economic implications that merit further investigation


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