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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2005, pp. 292-295
Bioline Code: hn05037
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2005, pp. 292-295

 en Entamoeba Moshkovskii check for this species in other resources and Entamoeba dispar check for this species in other resources -associated Infections in Pondicherry, India
Parija, Subhash Chandra & Khairnar, Krishna


The prevalence of Laredo strain - Entamoeba moshkovskii check for this species in other resources - and non-pathogenic E. dispar in patients attending the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research hospital, Pondicherry, India, is reported here. E. moshkovskii is reported for the first time in India. The species are morpho-logically indistinguishable from pathogenic E. histolytica. Of 746 stool samples screened, 68 showing cyst or trophozoite stage of E. histolytica, E. dispar, or E. moshkovskii were subjected to small sub-unit (SSU) rRNA gene-based polymerase chain reaction, which revealed a higher prevalence of E. dispar (8.8%) and E. moshkovskii (2.2%) compared to E. histolytica (1.7%) in patients. Only 19% of the 68 stool samples, resembling E. histolytica by microscopy, were actually E. histolytica , implying that 81% of suspected infections were misdiagnosed and would have been treated unnecessarily with antiamoebic drugs.

Entamoeba histolytica; Entamoeba moshkovskii; Entamoeba dispar ; Amoebiasis; Diagnosis, Laboratory; India

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