SARCOSPORIDIOSIS - MEDICAL IMPORTANCE AND DIAGNOSIS

Milena Misic, Bojana Milic, Anka Vasic, Dragan Zdravkovic, Ivan Tasic, Natasa Miladinovic-Tasic, Suzana Tasic
2004 Acta Medica Medianae  
Sarcosporidiosis (Sarcocystis infection) is caused by an intracellular protozoan parasite that predominantly affects animals. It can rarely be found in human skeletal and cardiac muscle in humans. There are two different forms of sarcosporidiosis in humans. These cases of muscular sarcocystosis were probably zoonotic in origin and associated with close contact with definitive hosts (both domestic and wild animals) thus permitting the contamination of food and drink with sporocystis shed by
more » ... definitive hosts. The second mode of infection for humans is ingested animal tissues which containing sporozoites (e.g., undercooked meats). These sporozoited directly intestinal epithelial cells and can enter the circulation in an manner similiar to those released from oocysts from the intermediate or accidental host.
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