Amebiasis in Institutions for the Mentally Retarded in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Kouichi Nagakura, Hiroshi Tachibana, Yoshimasa Kaneda, Hidekatsu Suzuku, Katsushi Sasaoka, Seiki Kobayashi, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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Abstract

A parasitologic survey of 620 mentally retarded patients, institutionalized in five different facilities in Kanagawa Prefecture, revealed a high incidence (12.6%) of infection with Entamoeba histolytica. A concomitant serologic survey, by the indirect fluorescent antibody test, gave a much higher incidence (26.5%). Moreover, most zymodeme patterns of the amebae isolated from infected individuals were of a pathogenic type (Zymodeme II). Our findings demonstrate that the mentally retarded in Japan, as in the United States, still are plagued by a high rate of amebic infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
Journaljapanese journal of medical science and biology
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Jan 1

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Nagakura, K., Tachibana, H., Kaneda, Y., Suzuku, H., Sasaoka, K., Kobayashi, S., & Takeuchi, T. (1990). Amebiasis in Institutions for the Mentally Retarded in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. japanese journal of medical science and biology, 43(4), 123-131. https://doi.org/10.7883/yoken1952.43.123