Volume 79, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


This study investigated the presence of as a possible cause of chronic diarrhea in Haitian patients attending the GHESKIO AIDS clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Coccidian oocysts were found by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the stools of 58/74 patients with chronic diarrhea and included the following agents: 45 (60%) spp., 27 (34%) , and 11 (15%) . Four patients (5.5%) were co-infected with and one (1.4%) had alone. The PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) method made it possible to document the presence in human feces of in Haiti. As in sub-Saharan Africa, the association of with coccidian parasites found in Haitian patients with diarrhea is probably caused by the high level of fecal contamination of soils and surface waters usually associated with countries with low hygienic standards.


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  • Received : 15 Apr 2008
  • Accepted : 20 Jun 2008

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