The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Rabbits of the World 1st Edition


The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Rabbits of the World 1st Edition by Donald W. Duszynski is a taxonomic summation of a damaging intestinal parasite found in rabbits and transmissible to other species, including humans.

The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Rabbits of the World 1st Edition

The Biology And Identification Of The Coccidia (apicomplexa) Of Rabbits Of The World

This book conceptually and historically summarizes the world’s literature on the parasite and also provides a quick guide to isolation procedures, identification, strategies for management, and available chemotherapy. It is a vital source of knowledge about coccidia’s real and potential transmission to humans, which can lead to dangerous health problems, like severe dehydration, vomiting, lethargy and even death.

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease that affects several different animal species, including canines and humans, and is one of the most prevalent protozoal infections in North America. The causative agent is a protozoan that has the ability to multiply rapidly and cause major damage in the intestinal wall, rupturing the cells of the intestinal lining.

The final stage, the oocyst, is extremely resistant to environmental stress and is difficult to completely remove from the environment. Oocysts are frequent contaminants of feed and water and when the sporulated oocysts are ingested by other animals, they start the life cycle over in the new host.

With the demand for rabbits in scientific research and for rabbit meat for human consumption increasingly globally each year, rabbits are of epidemiologic significance for laboratory workers, university researchers, veterinarians, pet owners, and breeders.

This is an excellent book. It is an indispensable resource for those working with rabbits in any area of the biological sciences. It also can serve as an excellent basic text that covers important aspects of the biology of the Apicomplexa known as coccidia.

This book is an invaluable resource for researchers in parasitology, protozoology, coccidian biology, veterinary and animal sciences, zoology, and biology in general. This book details the taxonomy, identification and known biology of the apicomplexan parasites of rabbits, is written by world-class coccidiologists and is considered an important classic documentary and reference book.

  • The first and only taxonomic summation of apicomplexan parasites of rabbits that allows easy parasite identification and a summation of virtually everything known about the biology of each species
  • Answers the questions about what we know (and don’t know) about the real and potential transmission of several of these apicomplexans to humans who work closely with rabbits
  • Provides a quick guide to isolation, management, control, and therapeutic procedures
  • Gives proof of the epidemiologic significance of rabbits for laboratory workers, researchers, veterinarians, pet owners, and breeders
  • Provides a complete historical rendition of virtually all publications ever written about the apicomplexan coccidia from all extant rabbit species
  • Assesses what we know about host-specificity in lagomorphs and evaluates all of the cross-transmission work done to date.

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