Severe peritonitis due to Balantidium coli acquired in France

@article{Ferry2004SeverePD,
  title={Severe peritonitis due to Balantidium coli acquired in France},
  author={Tristant Ferry and Damien Bouhour and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}rique de Monbrison and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Laurent and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Dumouchel-Champagne and Sandrine Picot and M-A. Piens and Pascale Granier},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  year={2004},
  volume={23},
  pages={393-395}
}
The case reported here concerns an alcoholic pork-butcher who presented with severe colitis with peritonitis, caused by the only ciliate protozoan capable of infecting humans, Balantidium coli. This parasite is common in a variety of domestic and wild mammals, mainly pigs; however, its prevalence rate in humans is very low—particularly in industrialised, northern countries, including France. The infection is most frequently acquired by ingesting food or water contaminated by pig faeces, and it… CONTINUE READING
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