Microsporidiosis in mammals Academic Article uri icon


  • Microsporidia are small, single-celled, obligately intracellular parasites that have caused significant agricultural losses and interference with biomedical research. Interest in the microsporidia is growing, as these organisms are recognized as agents of opportunistic infections in persons with AIDS and in organ transplant recipients. Microsporidiosis is also being recognized in children and travelers, and furthermore, concern exists about the potential of zoonotic and waterborne transmission of microsporidia to humans. This article reviews the basic biology and epidemiology of microsporidiosis in mammals.

author list (cited authors)

  • Didier, E. S., Didier, P. J., Snowden, K. F., & Shadduck, J. A.

citation count

  • 95

publication date

  • May 2000