f Significance of Cryptosporidium in acute diarrhoea in North-Eastern India
- Authors: GOPAL NATH4, A. CHOUDHURY, B. N. SHUKLA, T.B. SINGH, D.C.S. REDDY
- 4Corresponding author: Dr G. Nath.
- First Published Online: 01 June 1999, Journal of Medical Microbiology 48: 523-526, doi: 10.1099/00222615-48-6-523
- Subject: Clinical Microbiology
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In a hospital-based study, stool samples from 2095 patients of all ages were examined for different fungal, protozoal and bacterial enteropathogens over a period of 2 years (July 1994-June 1996). Cryptosporidium was detected in 151 specimens (7.2%) and was the third commonest pathogen found. The highest prevalence of this organism was in the group aged 16-45 years and during the rainy months (July-Oct.). Diarrhoea caused by the protozoon was of mild to moderate severity and features of dysentery were absent. Amongst other enteropathogens, Candida albicans was the most frequently isolated, followed by enteropathogenic and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Campylobacter jejuni, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia duodenalis (lamblia), Shigella spp., Vibrio cholerae and Aeromonas spp.
© 1999 The Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland | Published by the Microbiology Society
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