Table 1

Comparison of the parasites isolated from the stool samples of AIDS patients and normal controls.

Parasites isolated

Percentage of parasites isolated in HIV positive patients with diarrhoea. (n = 366)

Percentage of parasites isolated in HIV negative persons with diarrhoea. (n = 200)


Cryptosporidium spp.

146(39.8%)

42(21.0%)

Microsporidia spp.

98(26.7%)

--

Cyclospora spp.

88(24.0%)

3(1.3%)

Giardia spp.

37(10.1%)

--

Entamoeba spp.

11(3.0%)

4(2.0%)

Isospora belli

2(0.5%)

--

Hookworm

17(4.6%)

40(20.0%)

Trichuris trichiura

9(2.4%)

--

Hymenolepsis nana

2(0.5%)

6(3%)

Ascaris lumbricoides

--

44(22.0%)

Mixed infections

92(25.1%)

--


Figures in parentheses express the percentage (%) of parasites isolated.

Tuli et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2008 8:36   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-8-36

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