Study of the epidemiology of Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. suis in abattoir swine in Portugal
- Autores: Antunes F, Esgalhado R, Esteves F, Matos O
- Ano de Publicação: 2013
- Journal: Medical Mycology
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22852751
Pneumocystis has been identified in various mammalian species, including domestic, wild and zoo animals. This study’s main objectives were: (1) to estimate the prevalence of the Pneumocystis carinii f. sp. suis infection in slaughtered pigs in Portugal, (2) assess the prevalence differences within distinct age groups of animals, (3) determine the possible associations between pulmonary lesions and the infection, and (4) genetically characterize the P. carinii f. sp. suis isolates recovered from infected animals using PCR with DNA sequencing.