Diarrhoea Bug called Dientamoeba Fragilis in Pigs

Fri 13 Apr 2012


Italian Scientists in the second week of April 2012 found an intestinal parasite in pigs called Dientamoeba Fragilis, which also causes diarrhoea in humans. This discovery will help scientists understand its transmission better and find effective treatment. 

Scientists concluded that pig faeces was responsible for spreading parasite to humans. Dientamoeba fragilis is a single-celled parasite. It is found in the gastrointestinal tract of some humans, pigs and gorillas. It causes gastrointestinal upset in some people.  It causes travellers diarrhoea, chronic diarrhoea and fatigue.

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