Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman

E. H. Johnson, D. E. Muirhead, J. J. Windsor, G. J. King, R. Al-Busaidy, R. Cornelius

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Abstract

An outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred in goats ranging in age from two days to adult, on a well-managed closed farm. None of the other animals on the farm, including sheep, cows and buffalo, were affected. Morbidity approached 100 per cent in goats less than six months of age. Despite intensive supportive care, 238 goats died, ranging in age from two days to over one year. Cryptosporidia were detected in large numbers in the intestinal contents of dead animals and in faecal smears of animals with diarrhoea. Massive numbers of the organisms were also demonstrated histopathologically and by electronmicroscopy, and no other significant pathogens were detected. The outbreak was unique in terms of the extreme virulence of the organism, its apparent species-specificity, and the shedding of the organism by animals over four weeks of age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-524
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume145
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 1999

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Johnson, E. H., Muirhead, D. E., Windsor, J. J., King, G. J., Al-Busaidy, R., & Cornelius, R. (1999). Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman. Veterinary Record, 145(18), 521-524.

Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman. / Johnson, E. H.; Muirhead, D. E.; Windsor, J. J.; King, G. J.; Al-Busaidy, R.; Cornelius, R.

In: Veterinary Record, Vol. 145, No. 18, 30.10.1999, p. 521-524.

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Johnson, EH, Muirhead, DE, Windsor, JJ, King, GJ, Al-Busaidy, R & Cornelius, R 1999, 'Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman', Veterinary Record, vol. 145, no. 18, pp. 521-524.
Johnson EH, Muirhead DE, Windsor JJ, King GJ, Al-Busaidy R, Cornelius R. Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman. Veterinary Record. 1999 Oct 30;145(18):521-524.
Johnson, E. H. ; Muirhead, D. E. ; Windsor, J. J. ; King, G. J. ; Al-Busaidy, R. ; Cornelius, R. / Atypical outbreak of caprine cryptosporidiosis in the Sultanate of Oman. In: Veterinary Record. 1999 ; Vol. 145, No. 18. pp. 521-524.
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