An experimental transmission of porcine strains of Blastocystis sp. in the laboratory mice and gerbils

Folia Parasitol (Praha). 1992;39(4):383-6.


Outbred laboratory mice were successfully infected with porcine strains of Blastocystis sp. using faecal stages as well as stages from fresh or passaged cultures. In contrast, inbred BALB/c mice and gerbils were only rarely infected and the intensity of their infection was mostly negligible. Blastocystis sp. was never observed inside the host cells. These results indicate a low host specificity of Blastocystis sp. as well as different sensitivity of investigated hosts to Blastocystis sp. infection.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastocystis Infections / transmission
  • Blastocystis Infections / veterinary*
  • Gerbillinae / parasitology
  • Mice / parasitology
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C / parasitology
  • Species Specificity
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / parasitology*
  • Swine Diseases / transmission