Autochthonous amoebiasis in institutionalized mentally-retarded patients: Preliminary evaluation of isoenzyme patterns in three isolates

M. Scaglia, S. Gatti, A. Bruno, C. Cevini, L. Marchi, P. G. Sargeaunt

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Abstract

Three autochthonous cases of Entamoeba histolytica infection in institutionalized mentally-retarded patients are reported. Isoenzyme analysis by starch-gel electrophoresis shows the pathogenicity of the three isolates: two belong to zymodeme II, and one to zymodeme XIX. The study shows that invasive E. histolytica strains occur in Italy and can be isolated from institutionalized oligophrenic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-513
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
Volume85
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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