Identification of the Human Paragonimiasis Causative Agent in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Yahiro, S.; Habe, S.; Duong, V.; Odermatt, P.; Barennes, H.; Strobel, M.; Nakamura, S.
October 2008
Journal of Parasitology;Oct2008, Vol. 94 Issue 5, p1176
Academic Journal
To assess the species of human paragonimiasis in Lao People's Democratic Republic, 6 ovum samples from 6 native confirmed paragonimiasis patients were examined with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplifying the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2). The PCR products were sequenced, and a homology search was performed using the GenBank. All 6 sequences were identical with Paragonimus heterotremus ITS2. Our work suggests that P. heterotremus may be the main etiological agent of human paragonimiasis in this locality.


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