Intestinal parasites isolated in a large teaching hospital, Italy, 1 may 2006 to 31 december 2008

L. Masucci, R. Graffeo, S. Bani, F. Bugli, S. Boccia, N. Nicolotti, B. Fiori, G. Fadda, T. Spanu

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Abstract

Intestinal parasites account for the majority of parasitic diseases, particularly in endemic areas. Most are transmitted via contaminated food. Because of increased immigration and travel, enteric parasitoses are now distributed worldwide. Between May 2006 and December 2008, we examined stool specimens from 5,351 patients (4,695 Italians, 656 non-Italians) for ova and parasites using microscopy, culture techniques, and molecular methods. Stools from 594 patients (11.1%) were contaminated and for all patients samples combined, a total of 700 intestinal parasites were counted. Ninety of the 594 infected patients had more than one parasite in their stools. Parasites causing intestinal disease occurred in 8.8% of patients. The prevalence was over twice as high among non-Italians (26.8% vs 8.9% in Italians, p

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Volume16
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 16 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology

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