High Prevalence of Human Liver Infection by Amphimerus spp. Flukes, Ecuador
Published Date:Dec 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(12):2331-2334.
Communicable Diseases, Emerging
Liver Diseases, Parasitic
Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
Funding:R01-AI050038/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
Description:Amphimerus spp. flukes are known to infect mammals, but human infections have not been confirmed. Microscopy of fecal samples from 397 persons from Ecuador revealed Opisthorchiidae eggs in 71 (24%) persons. Light microscopy of adult worms and scanning electron microscopy of eggs were compatible with descriptions of Amphimerus spp. This pathogen was only observed in communities that consumed undercooked fish.
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