Parasitology Research

, Volume 85, Issue 12, pp 1032–1033 | Cite as

Blastocystis in animal handlers

  • H. Rajah Salim
  • G. Suresh Kumar
  • S. Vellayan
  • J. W. Mak
  • A. Khairul Anuar
  • I. Init
  • G. D. Vennila
  • R. Saminathan
  • K. Ramakrishnan

Abstract

The present study investigated whether people working closely with animals were at higher risk of getting infected with Blastocystis hominis. The prevalence of the parasite was determined in two population groups, i.e., animal handlers and normal healthy individuals who did not work with animals. In all, 105 stool samples were collected from animal handlers from 2 local research institutions, a local zoo, and a local abattoir and 163 stool samples were collected from normal healthy individuals residing in high-rise flats in the city. The in vitro culture method used in the study detected that 41% of 105 animal handlers and 17% of 163 flat-dwellers in the city were positive for Blastocystis. This statistically significant finding (P=0.0000313) shows that people who work closely with animals do stand at risk of acquiring Blastocystis infection.

Key wordsBlastocystis hominis Animal handlers High risk 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Rajah Salim
    • 1
  • G. Suresh Kumar
    • 1
  • S. Vellayan
    • 2
  • J. W. Mak
    • 3
  • A. Khairul Anuar
    • 1
  • I. Init
    • 4
  • G. D. Vennila
    • 1
  • R. Saminathan
    • 1
  • K. Ramakrishnan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia e-mail: suresh@medicine.med.um.edu.myMY
  2. 2.National Zoo, 68000 Ulu Kelang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MalaysiaMY
  3. 3.Department of Parasitology, Medical Faculty University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MalaysiaMY
  4. 4.Department of Parasitology, Institute of Medical Research, 50588 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMY

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