Low Prevalence Of Cryptosporidium Parvum In Hospitalized Children In Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Menon, BS and Shukri Abdullah, MD and Mahamud, F and Morgan, UM and Malik, AS and Choo, KE and Balbir, Singh (2001) Low Prevalence Of Cryptosporidium Parvum In Hospitalized Children In Kota Bharu, Malaysia. The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health, 32 (2). pp. 319-322. ISSN 0125-1562

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The aim of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of Cryptosporidium parvum in hospitalized children in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Over a 19 month study period, 258 stool samples were examined from 159 children; 109 with diarrhea and 50 controls without diarrhea. Modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining method and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay were used to detect C. parvum and the samples were also examined for the presence of other intestinal parasites. Only 1 of the 109 (0.9%) children with acute diarrhea was positive for C. parvum by microscopy and PCR. Thirty-one percent of children were infested with other intestinal parasites, the most common being Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura. In conclusion, we found C. parvum to be an uncommon infective agent in hospitalized children with or without diarrhea in Kota Bharu, Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cryptosporidium parvum, hospitalized children, gastroenteritis, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 02:22
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 02:22
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/15851

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