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Volume 60, Issue 4


Dog’s genotype of Giardia duodenalis in human: first evidence in Europe

Gabriela Štrkolcová
  • Department of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia
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/ Marián Maďar
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2015-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0113


The unicellular parasite Giardia duodenalis has been divided to eight assemblages (A-H) from which A and B have the most important zoonotic potential. All remaining genotypes have a strong commitment to various host animals. We present here the first clinical case of a human infection with the dog-specific genotype C of G. duodenalis in Slovakia. The patient, 44-year-old woman, suffered from long-term diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anorexia, weight loss, severe itching and dermatitis in the perianal area. The initial microscopic diagnosis was completed by a nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which revealed the first evidence of human giardiasis caused by the dog-specific genotype of G. duodenalis on a European scale. A possible role of dogs in zoonotic transmission of giardiasis and its epidemiological and public health relevance is accentuated.

Keywords: Giardia duodenalis; assemblage C; woman; diarrhoea; Slovakia


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About the article

Received: 2015-05-22

Revised: 2015-06-22

Accepted: 2015-06-30

Published Online: 2015-09-25

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 796–799, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2015-0113.

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