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Isospora bigemina

 

Definition: a species that occurs in the small intestine of the dog, cat, fox, mink, and possibly other carnivores; the most pathogenic coccidium in dogs and cats, causing enteritis and diarrhea; the oocysts are usually sporulated when passed in the feces but are indistinguishable from those of Toxoplasma gondii, so considerable question remains as to the status of these parasites.

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