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Camelid diseases
Cryptosporidiosis in eight-month-old weaned alpacas
  1. J. Wessels1⇑,
  2. M. Wessels1,
  3. C. Featherstone2 and
  4. R. Pike3
  1. 1AHVLA – Preston, Barton Hall, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5HE
  2. 2AHVLA – Thirsk, West House, Station Road, Thirsk, NorthYorkshire YO7 1PZ
  3. 3Animal Medical Centre, 511 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UB
  1. e-mail: julie.wessels{at}

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CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS is a recognised cause of diarrhoea in preweaned alpacas, especially in crias less than three weeks of age (Waitt and others 2008). Published studies on the pathogens of crias with clinical diarrhoea describe the detection of Cryptosporidium species from 10 to 45 days of age (Cebra and others 2003), seven to 100 days (Whitehead and Anderson 2006) and six to 180 days (Waitt and others 2008). Here we report the detection of Cryptosporidium parvum as the cause of diarrhoea and death in eight-month-old weaned alpacas.

In December 2012, the carcase of an eight-month-old female alpaca, belonging to a group of …

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