Luis Távora Tavira

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Molecular characterization of Giardia duodenalis in African countries is relatively scarce. The global understanding of Giardia epidemiology is reinforced when more data are available from highly endemic countries. In the present study, 50 fecal samples collected from children from Guinea-Bissau were screened for Giardia infection. Amplification of the(More)
Although Ureaplasma urealyticum is commonly found in the genital tract of asymptomatic women, it has been suggested that only certain subgroups of this microorganism are disease associated. Vaginal specimens were collected to determine the distribution of U. urealyticum biovars and to estimate their possible association with age, absence of lactobacilli,(More)
Accurate clinical and laboratory data about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) prevalence in Guinea-Bissau are not available. These data are important, since HIV2 is prevalent in this country, rates of HIV1 are increasing and STDs facilitate HIV transmission. Since DNA amplification methods have demonstrated to accurately diagnose chlamydial infections and(More)
BACKGROUND Diarrheal disease is among the leading causes of death in children younger than 5 years, especially in developing countries. The aim of this study was to investigate the most frequent etiological agents of diarrhea and its associated factors in children younger than 5 years attending the Bengo General Hospital in Angola. METHODS From September(More)
Mycoplasmas, the common denomination of the Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma genera, represent a unique and complex group of microorganisms that has been ignored by the majority of diagnostic laboratories, not only because of its fastidious growth, absence of commercial media and of procedures for a rapid diagnosis, but most of all due to a clinical perception(More)
In this study, we show that 40.29% of travellers with a possible history of malaria exposure were positive for anti-Plasmodium spp. antibodies, while these individuals were negative by microscopy. The antibody test described here is useful to elucidate malaria exposure in microscopy-negative travellers from endemic countries.
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