Still around and still dangerous: Giardia lamblia and Entamoeba histolytica.

L. A. Smith

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    Abstract

    The discovery of new infectious agents often overshadows the continuing impact and importance of well-established organisms. In the case of diarrheal disease, Entamoeba histolytica and its complications remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Although it is also present in developing countries, Giardia lamblia is a primary cause of waterborne outbreaks of diarrhea in developed countries. Persons at risk of developing giardiasis in these countries include backpackers and campers who drink untreated stream water or persons who drink improperly treated municipal water containing infective cysts. Investigators have recently identified the mechanisms used by these organisms to colonize the intestinal tract and to cause disease. New methods of identification using immunologic principles have been added to the traditional microscopic methods of identification.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)279-286
    Number of pages8
    JournalClinical laboratory science : journal of the American Society for Medical Technology
    Volume10
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - Sep 1997

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    Giardia lamblia
    Entamoeba histolytica
    Developing countries
    Developing Countries
    Giardiasis
    Water
    Developed Countries
    Disease Outbreaks
    Cysts
    Diarrhea
    Research Personnel
    Morbidity
    Mortality

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    Still around and still dangerous : Giardia lamblia and Entamoeba histolytica. / Smith, L. A.

    In: Clinical laboratory science : journal of the American Society for Medical Technology, Vol. 10, No. 5, 09.1997, p. 279-286.

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