David Carmena


Affiliation: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Country: Spain


  1. Seguí R, Muñoz Antoli C, Klisiowicz D, Oishi C, Köster P, de Lucio A, et al. Prevalence of intestinal parasites, with emphasis on the molecular epidemiology of Giardia duodenalis and Blastocystis sp., in the Paranaguá Bay, Brazil: a community survey. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:490 pubmed publisher
    ..A mostly anthroponotic origin is suspected for G. duodenalis and Blastocystis sp. infections. ..
  2. Cardona G, de Lucio A, Bailo B, Cano L, de Fuentes I, Carmena D. Unexpected finding of feline-specific Giardia duodenalis assemblage F and Cryptosporidium felis in asymptomatic adult cattle in Northern Spain. Vet Parasitol. 2015;209:258-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Data presented here provide epidemiological and molecular evidence demonstrating that the host range specificity of G. duodenalis assemblages and Cryptosporidium species may be wider than previously anticipated. ..
  3. de Lucio A, Merino F, Martínez Ruiz R, Bailo B, Aguilera M, Fuentes I, et al. Molecular genotyping and sub-genotyping of Cryptosporidium spp. isolates from symptomatic individuals attending two major public hospitals in Madrid, Spain. Infect Genet Evol. 2016;37:49-56 pubmed publisher
  4. Paulos S, Mateo M, de Lucio A, Hernández de Mingo M, Bailo B, Saugar J, et al. Evaluation of five commercial methods for the extraction and purification of DNA from human faecal samples for downstream molecular detection of the enteric protozoan parasites Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia duodenalis, and Entamoeba spp. J Microbiol Methods. 2016;127:68-73 pubmed publisher
    ..Methods combining chemical, enzymatic and/or mechanical lysis procedures at temperatures of at least 56°C were proven more efficient for the release of DNA from Cryptosporidium oocysts. ..
  5. Adell Aledón M, Köster P, de Lucio A, Puente P, Hernández de Mingo M, Sánchez Thevenet P, et al. Occurrence and molecular epidemiology of Giardia duodenalis infection in dog populations in eastern Spain. BMC Vet Res. 2018;14:26 pubmed publisher
    ..Although possible, zoonotic transmission between dogs and humans seems an infrequent event in this Spanish region. ..
  6. Dacal E, Saugar J, de Lucio A, Hernández de Mingo M, Robinson E, Köster P, et al. Prevalence and molecular characterization of Strongyloides stercoralis, Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium spp., and Blastocystis spp. isolates in school children in Cubal, Western Angola. Parasit Vectors. 2018;11:67 pubmed publisher
    ..Our data also demonstrate the added value of using molecular diagnostic methods in high transmission areas. ..
  7. Cano L, de Lucio A, Bailo B, Cardona G, Muadica A, Lobo L, et al. Identification and genotyping of Giardia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp. isolates in aquatic birds in the Salburua wetlands, Álava, Northern Spain. Vet Parasitol. 2016;221:144-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The six Cryptosporidium isolates obtained were characterized as avian genotype III (n=4), duck genotype b (n=1), and goose genotype Id (n=1), all considered avian-specific and therefore of negligible risk of zoonotic infection. ..
  8. Carmena D, Cardona G. Canine echinococcosis: global epidemiology and genotypic diversity. Acta Trop. 2013;128:441-60 pubmed publisher
    ..Data presented are expected to be useful for policy makers, educational and health authorities responsible for designing and implementing effective measures for disease control and prevention. ..
  9. Carmena D, Cardona G. Echinococcosis in wild carnivorous species: epidemiology, genotypic diversity, and implications for veterinary public health. Vet Parasitol. 2014;202:69-94 pubmed publisher

More Information


  1. Mateo M, de Mingo M, de Lucio A, Morales L, Balseiro A, Espí A, et al. Occurrence and molecular genotyping of Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. in wild mesocarnivores in Spain. Vet Parasitol. 2017;235:86-93 pubmed publisher
    ..The detection of C. hominis oocysts in a badger raises the question of whether this finding represents a true infection or a sporadic event of mechanical passage of C. hominis oocyst of anthroponotic origin. ..
  2. Gil H, Cano L, de Lucio A, Bailo B, de Mingo M, Cardona G, et al. Detection and molecular diversity of Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. in sheltered dogs and cats in Northern Spain. Infect Genet Evol. 2017;50:62-69 pubmed publisher
    ..hominis. We recommend to considerer companion animals as sentinel surveillance system for zoonotic giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis in order to minimize the risk of spreading of these parasitic diseases among the human population. ..
  3. de Lucio A, Bailo B, Aguilera M, Cardona G, Fernández Crespo J, Carmena D. No molecular epidemiological evidence supporting household transmission of zoonotic Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. from pet dogs and cats in the province of Álava, Northern Spain. Acta Trop. 2017;170:48-56 pubmed publisher
    ..We conclude, therefore, that zoonotic transmission of giardiosis or cryptosporidiosis among pet dogs and cats and their owners in this geographical region is very likely a rare event. ..
  4. Irisarri Gutiérrez M, Mingo M, de Lucio A, Gil H, Morales L, Seguí R, et al. Association between enteric protozoan parasites and gastrointestinal illness among HIV- and tuberculosis-infected individuals in the Chowke district, southern Mozambique. Acta Trop. 2017;170:197-203 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on their common presence in the studied clinical population, we recommend the effective diagnosis and treatment of these enteropathogens for improving the management of HIV and TB patients. ..