Taxonomy: Myxosporea
Animal: Myxobolus plectroplites 1 17.jpg
Myxobolus plectroplites - TEM of cross section though a mature Myxobolus plectroplites spore recovered from a human faecal sample. Note only 1 of the 2 capsulogenic cells is visible here and it has a coiled polar filament capable of rapid extrusion. Bar = 1 micron. Myxozoan spores were detected in faecal samples from 3 patients presenting with abdominal symptoms in SE Qld, Australia. All had eaten locally caught Yellow Belly fish (Plectroplites ambiguus) which were found to contain cysts of this parasite. The presence of spores was an incidental finding as in 2 of the patients, other enteric pathogens were present. (Boreham et al J Clin Microbiol. 1998. 36: 3728-3730 - see Bibliography)

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