A survey of intestinal protozoan infections among gastroenteritis patients during a 3-year period (2004-2006) in Gyeonggi-do (Province), South Korea

Jeong Weon Huh, Su Gyeong Moon, Young Hee Lim

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The incidence and etiology of parasite-associated gastroenteritis during 2004-2006 in Gyeonggi-do (province), South Korea was determined by means of antigen detection ELISA on 6,071 stool specimens collected from 6 general hospitals. At least 1 parasitic agent was detected in 3.4% (208/ 6,071) of the stool samples. Among these, Giardia lamblia was the most numerous (152 cases; 2.5%), followed by Entamoeba histolytica (25 cases; 0.4%), Cryptosporidium parvum (23 cases; 0.4%), and mixed infections (8 cases; 0.1%). Patients aged 1-5 years had the largest proportion (69.2%; 144/208) of parasite-positive stool specimens. Parasite-mediated gastroenteritis was most common from June to September. The detection rate gradually increased from 2004 to 2006. This study shows that parasite-mediated gastroenteritis may be significant among children in Korea and that parasite infection surveillance should be constantly performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 23



  • Antigen detection ELISA
  • Cryptosporidium parvum
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Epidemiology
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Giardia lamblia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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