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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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Abstract

AMATO NETO, Vicente et al. Blastocystosis: a high proportion of cases found in schoolchildren of São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.4, pp. 354-356. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822004000400013.

As a part of medical assistance activities, parasitological examination of fecal samples from 227 school children from a public institution of São Paulo (SP) revealed a rather high proportion of results positive for Blastocystis hominis. Other protozoan and worm species were markedly scarcer, a peculiar situation according to our judgement. It is acknowledged that blastocystosis is still largely an indefinite and controversial subject, which deserves adequate analysis to avoid drawbacks in the sphere of action of public health and general medical assistance.

Keywords : Blastocystis hominis; Blastocystosis; School children; São Paulo; High percentages; Controversy.

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