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Detection of Cryptosporidium amongst diarrhoeic and asymptomatic children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Al Braiken, F. A., Amin, A., Beeching, Nicholas ORCID:, Hommel, Marcel and Hart, C. Anthony (2003) 'Detection of Cryptosporidium amongst diarrhoeic and asymptomatic children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia'. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, Vol 97, Issue 5, pp. 505-510.

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Between the March and May of 2000, stool specimens were collected from children aged <5 in six pre-school creches and clinics in the Jeddah area of Saudi Arabia. Sixty-three (25%) of the children had diarrhoeal disease but the other 190 were asymptomatic. When the stool samples were stained and examined for the oocysts of Cryptosporidium spp. and other enteric protozoa, 20 (32%) of the symptomatic children but only nine (4.7%) of the asymptomatic were found to be excreting Gryptosporidium oocysts. Similarly, Cyclospora cayetanensis was found, always as a co-infection with Cryptosporidium sp., in seven (11%) of the children with diarrhoeal disease but only eight (4.2%) of the asymptomatics. One asymptomatic child was found to be co-infected with Isospora belli and Cryptosporidium. Giardia intestinalis and cysts of Entamoeba histolytica/dispar were detected in 18 (29%) and nine (14%) of the children with diarrhoeal disease and in eight (4.2%) and 13 (6.8%) of the asymptomatic children, respectively. This appears to be the first report of Cy. cayetanensis from Saudi Arabia and the highest prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection ever described.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 50 Protozoa
WS Pediatrics > WS 100 General works
WS Pediatrics > Diseases of Children and Adolescents > By System > WS 312 Diarrheal disorders
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 10:17
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 06:26


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