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Besnoitia hesnoiti produces anasarca and scleroderma in acute and chronically infected cattle; thus, it is a disease of considerable economic importance. Besnoitia jellisoni produces severe and often fatal infections in laboratory mice. In hamsters, signs of infection may mimic those produced by Toxoplasma. Sarcocystis occurs in the muscles of various reptiles, birds, and mammals, including man. The infected muscles contain long opaque white masses, or Miescher's tubes, within which are found numerous crescentric Fig.

In hamsters, signs of infection may mimic those produced by Toxoplasma. Sarcocystis occurs in the muscles of various reptiles, birds, and mammals, including man. The infected muscles contain long opaque white masses, or Miescher's tubes, within which are found numerous crescentric Fig. 69. 42 Schematic diagram of the life cycle of Eimeria. Sporozoites escape from ingested oocysts ( 1 ) and enter intestinal cells ( 2 ) . A schizont is produced ( 2 ) and the liberated merozoites reinvade other intestinal cells ( 3 ) giving rise to female ( 4 ) and male ( 5 ) gametocytes.

The life cycle of Toxoplasma in the cat closely resembles that of the Eimeriidae. In intermediary hosts, the production of latent cysts ("pseudocysts") in various tissues is the end result. The parasite can infect new hosts if cyst-containing tissue is eaten by another susceptible host. B. Eimeriidae, Lankesterellidae, and Toxoplasmidae 1. General INTRACELLULAR Biology There are at least 8 0 0 species in the family Emeriidae which are parasitic in both vertebrate and invertebrate hosts. The Eimeriidae are characterized by the development of the parasite within a single host and by passage of the oocysts to the external environment.

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