Cryptosporidiosis in Venezuelan Children with Acute Diarrhea

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  • * Instituto de Biomedicina (INISA), Apartado 4043, Caracas 1010A, Venezuela
  • | Instituto de Investigaciones en Salud, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
  • | Hospital de Niños J. M. de Los Ríos, Caracas, Venezuela

Thirteen of 120 Venezuelan children with acute diarrhea were found to be excreting Cryptosporidium oocysts in their stools. This confirms that Cryptosporidium can infect immunocompetent children, and the relatively high frequency found suggests that this protozoan may be an important cause of diarrhea in Venezuela.

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