Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, RITM
June 30, 1988-May 31, 1990
This multicenter study documents the very low prevalence (1.1%) of intestinal amebiasis (E. histolytica) among diarrheic patients consulting in health facilities in five regions known to be highly endemic for the disease. In addition, it confirms the need to re-train laboratory staff in DOH health facilities in stool microscopy in order to decrease the number of false positives (for E. histolytica) leading to overdiagnosis of amebiasis and hence, the misuse of antimicrobials in diarrhea).
The study seeks to determine the reliability of direct fecal smear in the detection of E. histolytica infection among diarrrheic patients.