Frequency of amoebiasis and other intestinal parasitoses in a settlement in Ilhéus City, State of Bahia, Brazil.


INTRODUCTION This study evaluated the frequency of intestinal parasites, emphasizing the identification and differentiation of Entamoeba spp. METHODS Multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR), coproantigen tests and morphometric analysis were performed for Entamoeba spp. differentiation. RESULTS The overall frequency of intestinal parasites was 65%. Entamoeba histolytica was detected by the coproantigen test, and the PCR showed that Entamoeba dispar predominated in the population. In contrast, morphometric analysis was important for identifying Entamoeba hartmanni. CONCLUSIONS It is possible to identify the causative agent of amoebiasis and to differentiate this agent from other species by combining techniques.

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@article{Santos2014FrequencyOA, title={Frequency of amoebiasis and other intestinal parasitoses in a settlement in Ilh{\'e}us City, State of Bahia, Brazil.}, author={Helena L{\'u}cia Carneiro Santos and Luci Ana Fernandes Martins and Regina Helena Saramago Peralta and Jos{\'e} Mauro Peralta and Heloisa Werneck de Macedo}, journal={Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical}, year={2014}, volume={47 1}, pages={101-4} }