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frequent occurrence of human-associated microsporidia in fecal droppings of urban pigeons in amsterdam, the netherlands.human-associated microsporidia were frequently observed in fecal samples of 331 feral pigeons in amsterdam, the netherlands, obtained during high- and low-breeding periods. thirty-six of 331 samples (11%) contained the human pathogens enterocytozoon bieneusi (n = 18), encephalitozoon hellem (n = 11), encephalitozoon cuniculi (n = 6), and encephalitozoon intestinalis (n = 1); 5 samples contained other microsporidia. pigeon feces can be an important source of human microsporidian infection.200818805997
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