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Outbreak of Amebiasis in a Family in The Netherlands

S. G. S. Vreden, L. G. Visser, J. J. Verweij, J. Blotkamp, P. C. Stuiver, A. Aguirre and A. M. Polderman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue 4, pages 1101-1104
Published in print October 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/318153
Outbreak of Amebiasis in a Family in The Netherlands

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Human-to-human transmission of Entamoeba histolytica is rare in industrialized countries. We describe an outbreak of amebiasis in a family in The Netherlands, demonstrating that even with Western standards of hygiene, persistent cyst passage may result in the transmission of E. histolytica to household contacts. If E. histolytica is isolated from a person living in an area of nonendemicity, it may be worthwhile to test all family members for cyst passage.

Journal Article.  2503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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