Prevalence and zoonotic potential of Cryptosporidium spp and Giardia duodenalis in different host species in Greece

Despoina Kostopoulou
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Virologie, Parasitologie en Immunologie
DespoinaKostopoulou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 27 January 1985. She obtained a Degree in Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2010. Since then she has been working as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Parasitology at the Veterinary Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization - Demeter, Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2011 she enrolled as a PhD-student in the Laboratory of Parasitology, UGent. Her thesis was funded by 2 personal fellowships from the State Scholarships Foundation, Greece. She has participated as a trainee in 8 training courses in the field of Parasitology through Europe. She has been also participated in 10 research projects funded by the European Union and the private sector. Despoina Kostopoulou is first author or co-author of 5 papers published in peer reviewed journals. She has presented her research results at several national and international congresses.
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Vertaling titel
Cryptosporidium Giardia duodenalis
Prof. Dr. E. Claerebout Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Dr. SmaragdaSotiraki Veterinary Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Demeter Thessaloniki, Greece
Prof. Dr. Sylvie Daminet Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Chairperson of the Examination Committee Dr. Alexandros Stefanakis Bioresearch Laboratories, Heraklion, Greece Dr. Thomas Geurden Zoetis, Zaventem, Belgium Prof. Dr. Sarah Gabriël Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. Pierre Dorny Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent

Korte beschrijving

Giardia spp and Cryptosporidium spp are two important parasitic protozoa which affect various hosts, including humans. Globally, about 280,000 human cases of giardiosis and 748,000 cases of cryptosporidiosis are reported every year not only in the developing world but also in developed countries. These two protozoa have been implicated in several disease outbreaks and a debate has been arisen about their zoonotic potential. The literature review provides some important points and current data regarding Giardia and Cryptosporidium. This chapter describes the biology of the parasites, their impact on human and animal health (horses, dogs, cats, livestock), their epidemiology and their zoonotic character, as well as ways of prevention and control of their transmission.


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