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Mukherjee, Avik K Department of Parasitology, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research
Das, Kaushik Department of Parasitology, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research
Bhattacharya, Mihir K Department of Clinical Medicine, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research
Nozaki, Tomoyoshi Division of Parasitology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Ganguly, Sandipan Department of Parasitology, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research
Background: Entamoeba histolytica infection is found almost all over the world and is highly endemic and a major cause of parasitic diarrhoea particularly in the developing countries. Methods: A systemic surveillance was set up at the Infectious Disease hospital, Kolkata, India between November 2007 and October 2009 for understanding the trend of E. histolytica infection in Kolkata. Fecal samples were collected from diarrhoeal patients attending the hospital, under the surveillance system and processed for detection of E. histolytica. Results: During the last two years about 2500 diarrhoeal samples were collected and screened for E. histolytica. About 3.6% were positive for E. histolytica. As compared to the earlier years, E. histolytica infection was observed to be less amongst patients screened during the last two years. No seasonality was observed in Kolkata although in the neighboring tropical country Bangladesh, a typical seasonality of E. histolytica infection was noticed. Conclusion: The study indicates that the detection rate of E. histolytica infection amongst diarrhoeal patients in Kolkata is decreasing during the last two years than that of Bangladesh.
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