TWO CASES OF RARELY RECOGNIZED INFECTION WITH ENTAMOEBA MOSHKOVSKII

MEHMET TANYUKSEL Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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MUSTAFA ULUKANLIGIL Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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ZEYNEP GUCLU Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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ENGIN ARAZ Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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OZGUR KORU Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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WILLIAM A. PETRI JR. Division of Medical Parasitology, and Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Etlik, Ankara, Turkey; Department of Microbiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey; Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

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We report two cases (a 36-year-old woman and 2-year-old girl) infected with Entamoeba moshkovskii in Turkey. Entamoeba moshkovskii was identified and distinguished from the morphologically identical parasites E. histolytica and E. dispar by a nested polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the small subunit ribosomal DNA gene.

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Reprint requests: Mehmet Tanyuksel, Division of Medical Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy Etlik 06018 Ankara, Turkey, Telephone: 90-312-304-411, E-mail: mtanyuksel@gata.edu.tr.
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