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      Identification of Sarcocystis capracanis in cerebrospinal fluid from sheep with neurological disease.

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          Protozoal merozoites were identified in the cerebrospinal fluid of two sheep with neurological disease in the UK. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) identified the merozoites as Sarcocystis capracanis, a common protozoal pathogen of goats. This is the first report of this species infecting sheep and may represent an aberrant infection with sheep acting as dead end hosts, or alternatively could indicate that sheep are able to act as intermediate hosts for S. capracanis, widening the previously reported host range of this pathogen. It is possible that S. capracanis is a previously unrecognised cause of ovine protozoal meningoencephalitis (OPM) in the UK.

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          Journal
          Vet. Parasitol.
          Veterinary parasitology
          Elsevier BV
          1873-2550
          0304-4017
          Mar 31 2013
          : 193
          : 1-3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG, United Kingdom.
          Article
          S0304-4017(12)00664-4
          10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.12.016
          23312871

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