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Volume 25, Number 6—June 2019
Etymologia

Etymologia: Neospora caninum

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Neospora caninum [ne-osʹpə-rə ca-ninʹum]

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Thumbnail of Neospora caninum, a coccidian parasite, which identified as a species in 1988. It is a major cause of spontaneous abortion in infected livestock.Image from WIkipedia.

Figure. Neospora caninum, a coccidian parasite, which identified as a species in 1988. It is a major cause of spontaneous abortion in infected livestock. Image from WIkipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neospora_caninum#/media/File:Neospora_caninum_ (5256961091).jpg).

From the neo- (Latin, “new”) + spora (Greek, “seed”) and canis (Latin, “dog”), Neospora caninum (Figure) is a sporozoan parasite that was first described in 1984. It is a major pathogen of cattle and dogs but can also infect horses, goats, sheep, and deer. Antibodies to N. caninum have been found in humans, predominantly in those with HIV infection, although the role of this parasite in causing or exacerbating illness is unclear.

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References

  1. Bjerkås  I, Mohn  SF, Presthus  J. Unidentified cyst-forming sporozoon causing encephalomyelitis and myositis in dogs. Z Parasitenkd. 1984;70:2714. DOIPubMed
  2. Dubey  JP. Review of Neospora caninum and neosporosis in animals. Korean J Parasitol. 2003;41:116. DOIPubMed
  3. Lobato  J, Silva  DA, Mineo  TW, Amaral  JD, Segundo  GR, Costa-Cruz  JM, et al. Detection of immunoglobulin G antibodies to Neospora caninum in humans: high seropositivity rates in patients who are infected by human immunodeficiency virus or have neurological disorders. Clin Vaccine Immunol. 2006;13:849. DOIPubMed

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DOI: 10.3201/eid2506.et2506

Original Publication Date: 5/3/2019

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