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Case Report: Human Bertiellosis—A Rare Cestode Infection in a South African Child

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  • 1 South African Military Health Service, AMHU NC HQ, Department of Defence, South Africa;
  • | 2 Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital Academic Complex, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa;
  • | 3 Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Infections, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Division of the National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa;
  • | 4 Department of Medical Microbiology, National Health Laboratory Service, Durban, South Africa;
  • | 5 School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa;
  • | 6 Department of Paediatrics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

ABSTRACT.

Cestodes of Bertiella genus are parasites of nonhuman primates. We describe a rare case of human bertiellosis in South Africa: a 3-year-old girl with a 1-year history of rectal proglottid discharge and intermittent abdominal pain. After repeated failure with benzimidazole antihelminthic treatment, praziquantel proved successful.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Nitesh Naranbhai, South African Military Health Service, AMHU NC HQ, Department of Defence, Florence St., Diskobolos, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa 8301. E-mail: nnaranbhai@gmail.com

Authors’ addresses: Nitesh Naranbhai, South African Military Health Service, AMHU NC HQ, Department of Defence, South Africa, E-mail: nnaranbhai@gmail.com. Rochelle A. Singh and Moherndran Archary, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital Academic Complex, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, E-mails: rochelle.archary@gmail.com and archary@ukzn.ac.za. Bhavani Moodley, Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Infections, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Division of the National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa, E-mail: bhavanim@nicd.ac.za. Khine Swe Swe Han and Nomonde Mvelase, Department of Medical Microbiology, National Health Laboratory Service, Durban, South Africa, and School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, E-mails: sweswe-han@ukzn.ac.za and nomonde.dlamini@nhls.ac.za.

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