Fatal metacestode infection in Bornean orangutan caused by unknown Versteria species.

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  • A captive juvenile Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) died from an unknown disseminated parasitic infection. Deep sequencing of DNA from infected tissues, followed by gene-specific PCR and sequencing, revealed a divergent species within the newly proposed genus Versteria (Cestoda: Taeniidae). Versteria may represent a previously unrecognized risk to primate health.
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  • Cestoda, Pongo pygmaeus, Taeniidae, Versteria, deep sequencing, metacestode, orangutan, parasites, primate, Animals, Ape Diseases, Cestoda, Cestode Infections, Genes, Helminth, Phylogeny, Pongo pygmaeus, RNA, Ribosomal
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  • Goldberg TL; Gendron-Fitzpatrick A; Deering KM; Wallace RS; Clyde VL; Lauck M; Rosen GE; Bennett AJ; Greiner EC; O'Connor DH
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  • 20
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