Volume 83, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Five genera of potentially zoonotic bacteria and parasites were detected in environmentally collected fecal samples from a remote indigenous community in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Organisms identified include , , , spp., and spp. The prevalence and intensity of spp. and spp. in fecal samples was particularly remarkable. Three-quarters of samples tested contained at least one zoonotic species of , and -containing feces had an average of 2.9 × 10 organisms/g. Over one-half of samples tested contained spp. with an average of 9,266 cysts/g. Zoonotic Assemblage A was the only spp. genotype identified. These data suggest that canine feces have the potential to pose a significant health risk to Canadians in rural and remote indigenous communities.


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  • Received : 02 Mar 2010
  • Accepted : 26 Mar 2010
  • Published online : 05 Aug 2010

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