Journal Article

Cryptic Parasite Infection in Recent West African Immigrants with Relative Eosinophilia

Cristina Carranza-Rodriguez, Javier Pardo-Lledias, Antonio Muro-Alvarez and J. L. Párez-Arellano

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 6, pages e48-e50
Published in print March 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/528865
Cryptic Parasite Infection in Recent West African Immigrants with Relative Eosinophilia

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Relative eosinophilia (defined as an eosinophil percentage >5% but an eosinophil count <450 cells/µL) is significantly associated with helminth infection in recently arrived West African immigrants (odds ratio, 20.5; 95% confidence interval, 2.7–154). The main parasitic causes related to relative eosinophilia are geohelminthic diseases (specifically, hookworms) and schistosomiasis.

Journal Article.  1276 words.  Illustrated.

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

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