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Prevalence of Intestinal Encephalitozoonosis in Mexico

F. Javier Enriquez, Douglas Taren, Antonio Cruz-López, Myra Muramoto, John D. Palting and Patricia Cruz

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 5, pages 1227-1229
Published in print May 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520278
Prevalence of Intestinal Encephalitozoonosis in Mexico

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Infections with Encephalitozoon (phylum Microspora) protozoa in immunodeficient patients have emerged worldwide. The prevalence of infections due to Encephalitozoon species in nonclinical populations remains unclear. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of two rural highland villages in Mexico by using monoclonal antibody 3B6 to Encephalitozoon in immunofluorescence to assess the prevalence of Encephalitozoon spores in human stools. We found that 20 (7.84%) of the 255 subjects were positive and that 15 (21.4%) of the 70 households had at least one member who was positive. These results suggest that Encephalitozoon species, most likely Encephalitozoon intestinalis, may be commonly present in community settings.

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