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Trypanosoma cruzi in non-human primates from Bauru Zoo – SP

Grant number: 14/12186-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Simone Baldini Lucheis
Grantee:Wesley José dos Santos
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FMB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


The wild animals, both free-living and in captivity, can be reservoirs and carriers of zoonotic diseases, such as Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). It manifests clinically with a multifaceted character and affects man, as well several species of wild and domestic animals, which are reservoirs of the parasite. Environmental degradation and shortage of social policies related to migration of rural and poor populations to urban peripheries in a disorderly manner and without sanitary structure, associated with the presence of reservoirs and adaptation of wild triatomines to urban areas, enabled the transformation of rural disease to domestic and peridomestic, regarding the epidemiological cycle of the Chagas disease. Natural infection by protozoa of the genus Trypanosoma in wild mammals are common in nature. In relation to New World primates, different infections occur which also affect humans, particularly infections caused by T. cruzi. Therefore, we intend to investigate the occurrence of T. cruzi in non-human primates founded in Zoo Bauru (SP), associating the techniques of Immunofluorescence Assay Test (IFAT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to T. cruzi and subsequent genetic sequence from blood samples from these animals, allowing the identification of infected animals and the role of these animals as reservoirs of T. cruzi. (AU)

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SANTOS, Wesley José dos. Trypanosoma cruzi and other trypanosomes in non-human primates from Zoo Park Municipal of Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Faculdade de Medicina. Botucatu Botucatu.

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