Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Comparison of the incidence and degree of intestinal parasitism in Durban African males indicates that the incidence of protozoal infection in a control group is similar to that reported elsewhere but there is a significantly lower incidence in patients with bacillary dysentery and an even lower incidence in those with amebic dysentery. There is a high incidence of helminth infection in all three groups but those with amebic dysentery have the highest incidence of and infections. Heavy loads of and hookworm are rare although the two former are slightly commoner in amebic dysentery.

It is concluded that, although no positive evidence exists, there is a possibility that the high incidence of may predispose to invasion by although the association between the amebae and and may merely be due to common epidemiological factors of poor hygiene and lack of sanitation.


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