Parasites - Cystoisosporiasis (formerly known as Isosporiasis)

oocysts of Cystoisospora belli


Cystoisosporiasis (formerly known as isosporiasis) is an intestinal disease of humans caused by the coccidian parasite Cystoisospora belli (formerly known as Isospora belli). Cystoisosporiasis is most common in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The parasite can be spread by ingesting contaminated food or water. The most common symptom is watery diarrhea. The infection is treatable and preventable.

Images: Two immature oocysts of Cystoisospora belli in unstained wet mounts viewed by ultraviolet (UV) fluorescence microscopy. The oocyst on the left contains one sporoblast; the oocyst on the right contains two sporoblasts. (Credit: DPDx)