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Human giardiasis, caused by the intestinal flagellate Giardia duodenalis, is considered a zoonotic infection, although the role of animals in the transmission to humans is still unclear. Molecular characterisation of cysts of human and animal origin represents an objective means to validate or reject this hypothesis. In the present work, cysts were(More)
BACKGROUND Infectious diarrheal diseases remain an important cause of childhood morbidity in industrialized countries. The knowledge of the etiology and epidemiology of childhood diarrhea in a given area is needed to plan any measure designed to prevent or ameliorate diarrheal illness and to develop practice guidelines for the most appropriate stool(More)
Giardia duodenalis is a well recognised enteropathogen, while Dientamoeba fragilis is rarely detected and consequently it is not recognised as an important human pathogen. In 2002-2003, a survey has been carried out on enteroparasites in faecal samples of outpatients attending a day care centre in the town of Perugia (Central Italy). To improve the(More)
Dientamoeba fragilis, a protozoan with worldwide distribution is considered to be responsible for enteric disease in humans. A wide spectrum of clinical symptoms including; diarrhoea (acute or prolonged), flatulence, abdominal pains and other unspecific bowel symptoms have been ascribed to this parasite. Asymptomatic infection has also been reported.(More)
The article reports data concerning a serosurvey carried out in the province of Gorizia as a part of a research project sponsored by the National Research Council (CNR) on the epidemiological status of leptospirosis in Northen Italy. Microagglutination tests have been carried out on sera taken from randomly chosen healthy people and from humans exposed to(More)
Between 2002 and 2003 the Authors analyzed stool specimens of 1,989 subjects, 966 children (1-14 years old) and 1,023 adults, to investigate for intestinal protozoa too: 380 children and 656 adults with intestinal aspecific troubles, 546 children and 291 adults with acute diarrhoea, 40 children and 76 adults with prolonged diarrhoea. G. duodenalis prevailed(More)
During 2001 we analyzed 1730 pharyngeal swabs for S. pyogenes (SGA): 1142 children (0-10 years old), 132 adolescent subjects (11-17 years old), and 456 adults (18 or more years old). 994 subjects (664 children, 85 adolescent ones, 245 adults) had acute pharyngotonsillitis. In this last group we observed 321 positivities (32.3 %) for SGA: 40.4 % among(More)
Between April 1984 and November 1986, 126 faeces samples were collected from puppies and bitches in a kennel and examined for Yersinia species; 45 (35.7 per cent) of them were positive. Thirty-eight isolates were Y enterocolitica, five were Y frederiksenii and two were Y intermedia. Twenty-one of the Y enterocolitica isolates belonged to serogroup 0:3 and(More)