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Invasive amebiasis in a spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). Case report and a short review of the literature of amebiasis in non-human primates


, : Invasive amebiasis in a spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi). Case report and a short review of the literature of amebiasis in non-human primates. Archivos de Investigacion Medica 22(1): 75-78

A spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) studied at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo died with symptoms of amoebic dysentery verified by coprologic investigation of the parasite, his female partner was cured with conventional antiamoebic treatment. At autopsy widespread ulcerations in the colon and multiple liver abscesses were found, containing trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica. Both lesions were identical to those observed in human amoebiasis. A short review of the literature in nonhuman primates infections points out that the so-called spontaneous amoebiasis seen in colonies of captive monkeys, and transmission to their newborns within the same species of monkeys, have been in contact with humans. It is proposed that amoebiasis in monkeys should be considered as an excellent model for experimental studies on amoebiasis because other phylogenetically distant species have shown different pathology or are resistant to the infection. Also, it should raise concern that monkeys may become carriers of cysts and trophozoites of virulent strains of E. histolytica. Entamoeba histolytica DNA hybridization techniques should be considered for comparing genomic similarities with other protozoa, including the genera Amoeba to establish its pattern of evolution.

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