Intestinal parasites, including Cryptosporidium species, in Iraqi patients with sickle-cell anaemia
AbstractStool samples were obtained from individuals admitted to three hospitals in Basra during November 1997-May 1998. Of 40 patients with sickle-cell anaemia, 25 [62.5%] had parasitic infections. In the apparently healthy comparison group, 26 of 175 individuals [14.8%] had intestinal parasitic infections, a statistically significant difference. The most common intestinal parasites isolated in the sickle-cell patients were Blastocystis hominis [36%] and Giardia lamblia [28%]. The isolation rate of Cryptosporidium species in sickle-cell patients [5%] was not significantly different from that in apparently healthy individuals [1.14%]. We report for the first time the isolation of Isospora belli from a sickle-cell patient in Iraq and the Mediterranean region
Mahdi, N.K. & Ali, N.H. (2002). Intestinal parasites, including Cryptosporidium species, in Iraqi patients with sickle-cell anaemia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119171
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 8 (2-3), 345-349, 2002
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