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Fasciola hepatica Infection in an Indigenous Community of the Peruvian Jungle

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  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and University of Texas Medical Branch Collaborative Research Center, Cusco, Peru; Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
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Fasciola hepatica is a zoonotic infection with a worldwide distribution. Autochthonous cases have not been reported in the Amazon region of Peru. Operculated eggs resembling F. hepatica were identified in the stools of five out of 215 subjects in a remote indigenous community of the Peruvian jungle. Polymerase chain reaction targeting Fasciola hepatica cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) gene and sequencing of the products confirmed Fasciola infection.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Miguel M. Cabada, Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Route 0435, Galveston, TX 77555. E-mail: micabada@utmb.edu

Financial support: This study was supported, in part, by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Grant 1R01AI104820-01.

Authors' addresses: Miguel M. Cabada, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and University of Texas Medical Branch Collaborative Research Center, Cusco, Peru, and Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, E-mail: micabada@utmb.edu. Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez and Arthur Clinton White Jr., Infectious Diseases Division, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, E-mails: alcastel@utmb.edu and acwhite@utmb.edu. Martha Lopez, María Alejandra Caravedo, and Eulogia Arque, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and University of Texas Medical Branch Collaborative Research Center, Cusco, Peru, E-mails: martlop2000@gmail.com, alejandra.caravedo@gmail.com, and picis_11_90@hotmail.com.

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