Giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis in ruminants

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 2006 Nov;22(3):623-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2006.07.002.


Although they differ considerably with respect to their biology, both Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium parvum are common in ruminants, whereas Cryptosporidium andersoni is not. G. duodenalis infections are acquired during the first few months of life, tend to be chronic, and may be a production-limiting disease of ruminants. C. parvum infections remain an important cause of diarrhea in neonatal ruminants. Abomasal cryptosporidiosis, caused by C. andersoni, is an emerging disease of cattle that may affect both beef and dairy herds. This article reviews the life cycles, production impacts, treatments, controls, and zoonotic potentials of these important ruminant parasites.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn / parasitology
  • Cryptosporidiosis / epidemiology
  • Cryptosporidiosis / prevention & control
  • Cryptosporidiosis / transmission
  • Cryptosporidiosis / veterinary*
  • Cryptosporidium parvum / pathogenicity*
  • Giardiasis / epidemiology
  • Giardiasis / prevention & control
  • Giardiasis / transmission
  • Giardiasis / veterinary*
  • Humans
  • Ruminants / parasitology*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Zoonoses