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Detection of Intestinal Parasites



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Intestinal Parasites

Slide 2

March 2009

So before we delve into laboratory diagnostics, let’s start with a brief overview of Intestinal Parasites.

They are found throughout the world and are very common in many settings. They are less common in countries with adequate water treatment and sanitation facilities such as the United States and Canada.

However, they are still responsible for a significant number of cases in North America.

In fact, Based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there as many as 2 million infections with Giardia intestinalis and 300,000 infections with Cryptosporidium species annually in the United States.

Pinworm infections are also very common in some U.S. populations, such as children and their immediate contacts. However, detection of this parasite is not usually made through fecal examination and, therefore, we won’t be discussing this further today.

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