Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Serologic and parasitologic studies were done in El Salvador, C.A., from 1974–1978 to examine the reliability of the diagnosis of infection in an endemic area and to confirm the estimates of morbidity and mortality due to amebiasis. The results suggest that infection with is common, but the estimated prevalence is too high. Misdiagnosis occurring in hospital and public health laboratories was documented. Data collected from examining family members of persons with infection and disease indicate that most infections are asymptomatic, and support the hypothesis that estimates of morbidity and mortality rates are excessive.


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