Volume 32, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Among 884 hospital patients with gastroenteritis, 36 (4.1%) were excreting oocysts in their stools; only 5 of the 36 patients were also excreting other enteropathogens, while none of 320 hospital patients without gastroenteritis were excreting oocysts. Children were more commonly infected with (4.8%) than were adults (1.6%). The prevalence of infection was higher (7%) during the summer period of February–May 1981 than in the remainder of the observation period to the beginning of June 1982 (1.9%). The most common clinical manifestation of gastroenteritis in -infected patients was diarrhea, lasting from 3 to over 14 days, accompanied by vomiting, anorexia, and abdominal pain. The results show that a small proportion of patients with gastroenteritis are infected with , and the importance of the infection needs to be examined.


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