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LOUREIRO, Edvaldo Carlos Brito; LINHARES, Alexandre da Costa  and  MATA, Leonardo. Cryptosporidiosis in children (1-2 years old) with acute diarrhoea from Belém, Pará, Brazil. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 1989, vol.84, n.1, pp.117-122. ISSN 1678-8060.

Two hundred and one samples obtained from 61 children were examined for Cryptosporidium infection during a period of 12 months. One hundred fifteen specimens were collected during diarrhoea episodes and the remaining 86 obtained out of diarrhoea period, as controls. All samples were examined by a modified Ziehl-Neelsen staining method. Cryptosporidium was detected in 6 (5.2%) of 115 samples from diarrhoeic children. All non-diarrhoeic control patients were negative for Cryptosporidum. The present study suggests that Cryptosporidium is an agent of self-limited diarrhoea among immunocompetent children from Belém, Pará.

Keywords : Cryptosporidium; infantile diarrhoea.

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