What is E. cu­ni­culi?

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En­cephal­i­to­zoon cu­ni­culi is a pro­to­zoal par­a­site that usu­ally in­fects rab­bits - re­search in 2006 found just over 50% of pet rab­bits tested were in­fected – but it can af­fect hu­mans too.

Spores are passed on in urine, and then picked up by other rab­bits when food or wa­ter is con­tam­i­nated. About 6% of in­fected rab­bits will show symp­toms, in­clud­ing: • Eye dis­ease, in­clud­ing cataracts and lens rup­ture • Head tilt and other neu­ro­log­i­cal signs such as weak hind legs • Uri­nary in­con­ti­nence • Kid­ney dis­ease

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