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Blastocystis hominis is a common intestinal parasite observed in fecal examination. On the other hand, the transmission of this parasite is certainly unknown. The transmission of B. hominis can be realized by animal contact and the contamination by water and food with excreted cysts from the reservoir hosts. B. hominis isolated from 25 humans, their pets,(More)
The laboratory diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis is based on microscopic examination, culture, serological tests, and molecular methods. In this study, we examined 50 blood specimens from suspected visceral leishmaniasis patients by microscopic examination, recombinant antigen dipstick test (rK39), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the University of(More)
BACKGROUND Environmental sources are potential sources for the transmission of Acanthamoeba in humans and other mammals. METHODS A total of 50 water samples from hot springs and swimming pools, and 50 soil samples were taken from Adana, Afyon, Kutahya, Mersin and Nigde provinces in Turkey. Samples were analysed using 18S rRNA-DNA sequencing. RESULTS(More)
Acanthamoeba is increasingly recognized as an important cause of keratitis in non-contact lens wearers while contact lens wear is the leading risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). It is unlikely that the Acanthamoeba colonization is a feature which is effective only in patient’s homes with infectious keratitis since the organism has been isolated(More)
Myiasis has become increasingly prevalent, particularly when human activity is carried out in environments with poor hygiene. We reported two cases of human myiasis in this paper. All of myiasis cases initially presenting to the Emergency Department of Kilis State Hospital in Turkey were identified. We present one case of ophthalmomyiasis caused by Oestrus(More)
Despite years of study, the pathogenic role of Blastocytis hominis is still controversial. Genotypic differences between the asymptomatic and symptomatic isolates should assist in determining the pathogenicity of Blastocystis. In this study, we genotyped 32 Blastocystis isolates obtained from 12 asymptomatic healthy individuals and 20 symptomatic patients(More)
PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic methods, risk factors, and clinical features of Acanthamoeba keratitis cases in patients who do not wear contact lenses. METHODS Medical records of 26 consecutive patients with non-contact lens-related Acanthamoeba keratitis, who were followed up at the tertiary eye care center between May 2010 and May 2012, were analyzed.(More)
Malaria is endemic in the Cukurova region while it is sporadic in other regions of Turkey. Therefore, the laboratory and clinical diagnosis of malaria is important for the treatment of malaria. In this study, 92 blood samples that were taken from the suspected malaria patients for routine diagnosis in a period of 10 years between 1999 and 2009 were(More)
BACKGROUND In southern Turkey, Leishmania tropica and L. infantum are both the causative agents of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and visceral leishmaniasis (VL), respectively. However, L. major and L. donovani were known to exist after the influx of Syrian refugees. METHODS Between the years of July 2003 and July 2013, a total of 167 smears and 113 bone(More)
The different sensitivity values were obtained in each study conducted for the diagnosis of leishmaniasis with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, a standardized PCR target for the diagnosis of leishmaniasis does not exist. The aim of the current study, the most ideal PCR target was determined for diagnosis of leishmaniasis. A total of 72 smear(More)