Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Bacteriological and parasitological studies were performed on stool specimens from 987 U. S. Marines admitted to a hospital because of diarrhea; more than one-half had recently returned from field operations. Infection with spp. was proved in 290 (29.5%) of the cases. Hookworm infection was found in 45 cases (4.5%), in 5 (0.4%), in 26 (2.6%), and in 36 (3.6%). No specific pathogens were found in the stools of 555 patients (56.5%). Other diseases in which diarrhea was a main presenting symptom included malaria, tropical sprue, hepatitis, and heat exhaustion. Additional studies are needed to identify the many undiagnosed cases of diarrhea.


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