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Coccidiosis is a general term used to define infection in dogs by protozoan parasites, which are microscopic, spore-forming, single-celled parasites which possess a unique organelle (apicoplast) and thus belong to the apicomplexan class.

In this class are included;

This genus excludes Giardia spp, Tritrichomonas spp and Pentatrichomonas hominis which are anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasites.