Eimeria is a genus of apicomplexan parasites that includes various species capable of causing .. mice (M. musculus) Eimeria weybridgensis – sheep (O. aries) Eimeria wobati – southern hairy-nosed wombat (L. latifrons) Eimeria zuernii – cattle (B. taurus). Eimeria zuernii is a species of the parasite Eimeria that causes diarrheic disease known as eimeriosis in cattle (Bos taurus), and mainly affects younger animals. Coccidiosis is usually an acute invasion and destruction of intestinal mucosa by protozoa of the genera Eimeria or Isospora. Clinical signs include diarrhea.

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A preliminary multi-gene and multi-genome approach”. Parasitology for Veterinarians 7th ed. Protista unicellular eukaryotes Apicomplexa cells with cluster of organelles known as zueenii complex Coccidea gamonts small and intracellular, form small resistant spores called oocysts Eimeriida gametes develop independently without syzygy; known as coccidian parasites Family: In the case of E.

Can J Comp Med. Environmental factors can influence how fast new oocysts become infective and management of the animals living conditions and feed and how easily the animals get infected.

An infected host releases oocysts into the environment in their unsporulated form.

Coccidian parasites form eimerix developmental stages: Explicit use of et al. Most coccidian species are considered to be highly host-specific and only parasitize single host species oioxenousalthough some species in birds and reptiles may parasitize closely-related hosts stenoxenous and a few species in fish may parasitize unrelated hosts euryxenous.

Moderately-affected animals may show progressive signs zueernii as poor weight gain or weight loss, weakness and emaciation, while severely-affected individuals may die soon after the appearance of disease. Veterinary Protozoology First ed. Eimeriidae These protozoa are known as the enteric coccidia; monoxenous one-host parasites in the digestive tracts of herbivores or carnivores causing diarrhoeal disease known as coccidiosis. Development of Eimeria auburnensis in cell cultures.

Views Read Edit View history. The Eimeria life cycle has an exogenous phase, during which the oocysts are excreted into the environment, and an endogenous phase, where parasite development occurs in the host intestine. Squirmidae FilipodiumPlatyproteum. Invasion requires the formation of a moving junction between parasite and host cell membranes. Young animals are most susceptible to clinical disease, although survivors develop strong specific protective immunity against subsequent infection and disease.


However, the search for highly immunogenic antigens and overcoming antigenic variation of the parasites remains a challenge. Excystation stimuli include zuernii post-gastric physico-chemical conditions, such as oxygen levels, pH, bile salts, pancreatic enzymes, etc. The parasite can be found in cattle around the globe.

Production of bovine coccidiosis with Eimeria zuernii.

Eimeria zuernii is a species of the parasite Eimeria that causes diarrheic disease known as eimeriosis in cattle Bos taurusand eimeriz affects younger animals.

Emeria from the original on 4 October The release of new oocysts destroys mucosal cells which can lead to loss of serum and blood.

The time from ingestion of the parasite to the first signs of disease prepatent period is days. Infection with Eimeria results in life-long immunity to that particular parasite species, but does not give cross protection against other species. Mesodiniea MesodiniumMyrionecta. It is hypothesised that this may be due to the fact that merozoites are short-lived and emieria greater antigen repertoire would permit faster binding and invasion.

Open in a separate window. Images in this article Fig. This new genus retains the majority of the species. Eimeria aurati – goldfish Carassius auratus Eimeria baueri – crucian carp Carassius carassius Eimeria lepidosirenis – South American lungfish Lepidosiren paradoxa Eimeria leucisci – common barbel Barbus barbus bocagei Eimeria rutili – European chub Leuciscus cephalus cabeda eimeriaa, Iberian nase Chondrostoma polylepis polylepis Eimeria vanasi – blue tilapia Oreochromis aureus.

Oocysts excreted with host faeces contaminate the external environment, but they must undergo internal sporulation sporozoite formation zuwrnii they become infective. In a young, susceptible calf it is estimated that as few as 50, infective oocysts can cause severe disease. These cause the epithelial cells to burst, which causes significant damage to the intestine epithelial layer, resulting in the release of blood, fluid, and electrolytes into the intestine.

Eimeria zuernii – Wikipedia

The species in this genus are tetrasporocystic, dizoic, possess Stieda bodies, and undergo merogony and gametogony on the lumenal surface of the intestinal tract. Clinical disease is not usually manifest until cumulative tissue damage associated with second or third generation schizogony.


The second generation of schizonts target epithelial cells in the cecum and colon. These species are tetrasporocystic with dizoic, nonbivalved sporocysts with or without Stieda bodies. Production of bovine coccidiosis with Eimeria zuernii. Support Center Support Center. The motile sporozoites invade the enterocytes of small intestine, and migrate to their respective sites of development.

Resolution of these lesions takes place in approximately ten days in calves which survivie. Following the initial infection with an Eimeria zueernii the animal usually is protected by immunity to that species, and is less likely to develop disease. For these reasons, vaccines for control seem promising, of which zernii attenuated vaccines are most effective.

Many industries recommend periodic rotation between different drug groups and the use of combination cocktail drugs to minimize the occurrence of resistance. The second generation of schizonts undergo a sexual cycle gametogony which is also the time when clinical signs of the disease can be observed.

Disease progression is usually so rapid that any therapeutic curative treatment may simply be too late. The pathogenesis of the lesions caused by Eimeria zuernii in calves is described. Outbreaks can generally be controlled by management practices based around improving hygiene, reducing crowding, removing contaminated litter and isolating infected individuals. The main drug groups include sulfonamides sulfanilamide, trimethoprim, ethopabatepyridinoles clopidol, decoquinatenitrobenzamides zoaleneorganic arsenicals roxarsonenitrofurans furazolidone, amproliumquinazolinones halofuginonepolyether ionophorous antibiotics monensin, laslocid, salinomycin, narasinasymmetric diclazuril and symmetric toltrazuril triazines.

During the endogenous phase, several rounds of asexual reproductionor schizogony take place, after which the sexual differentiation of gametes and fertilisation occurs.

A whole genome sequencing project is in progress with chosen species, Eimeria tenella. High humidity and temperature can speed up the sporulation time and facilitate new infections faster, which can lead to regular outbreaks of coccidiosis. This process is known as gliding motilitywhich is conserved across all species of Apicomplexa. The gross lesions and the development and resolution of the microscopic lesions of the large intestine are described in detail.