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Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Giardia (Definition)

A condition in which a person is infected by parasites (Giardia lamblia) resulting in diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more


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Hi,do both cryptosporidium and hepatitis cause diarrhea.

Hi,do both cryptosporidium and hepatitis cause diarrhea.

Cryptosporidium: Cryptosporidium is associated with diarrhea much more that hepatitis is. Cryptosopidia protozoa infect the intestine and grow on the mucosal surface. ...Read more

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Can 16s sequencing of my intestinal bacteria identify any/all of following infections: h. Pylori, c. Jejuni, toxoplasma gondii?

Can 16s sequencing of my intestinal bacteria identify any/all of following infections:  h. Pylori, c. Jejuni, toxoplasma gondii?

Yes but...: Dna sequencing can identify most of the bacteria and also the % of those present. What you are going to use this for is perhaps the most important question and where are they located? I would check with your physician, find out what testing facility they are using and how extensive is the test. Some of the test only look for a few of the bacteria and don't measure them all. ...Read more

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Are entamoeba histolytica and entamoeba coli the same pathogen?

No: The latter creature usually causes no problems. The former can make you quite sick. ...Read more

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What protozoa cause amebic dysentery and liver abscess.?

What protozoa cause amebic dysentery and liver abscess.?

Entamoeba: The name of the organism is entamoeba histolytica. ...Read more

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Who first discovered bacillus cereus and campylobacter jejuni?

Who first discovered bacillus cereus and campylobacter jejuni?

The history.: See: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/5/1/99-0104_article

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Can you tell me are epec, ehec, etec, and eaec extra-intestinal pathogenic e coli?

Can you tell me are epec, ehec, etec, and eaec extra-intestinal pathogenic e coli?

E. coli.: These are all different kinds of E. coli where the first E is always "entero" and the last two are always "E. coli." The second letter is what differs; hemorrhagic, toxigenic, etc. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by extra-intestinal E. coli though? E. coli are most commonly transmitted by a fecal-oral route as they reside in the intestine , but can infect other organs as well. ...Read more

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How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?

How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?

Good Hygiene and...: Good handwashing and be careful of the water.These diseases are spread thru feces and sewage. ...Read more

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I have a high white (+++) and red (++++) blood cell count but no infection, cysts, ova or parasites was found in my stool. No salmonella, shigella etc?

I have a high white (+++) and red (++++) blood cell count but no infection, cysts, ova or parasites was found in my stool. No salmonella, shigella etc?

Insufficient info: There's no way to know what your medical issue is or what cell count test you are referencing. We can assume you have diarrhea since you had a stool study. Are the high white and red counts in your blood, urine or stool? Results like +++ are usually from a screening dipstick, most likely a urine test. Write back and specify why you went to the doctor in the first place and what tests they did. ...Read more

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When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

Diarrhea: Non-bloody diarrhea with fevers and weight loss, especially after exposure to potentially contaminated fresh water sources (rivers, lakes) may prompt a stool test to rule out giardia. ...Read more

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Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected New infection or colonized?

Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected
New infection or colonized?

Monitor: Once you have C. diff there is a reasonable chance you can be colonized. The criteria for infection include watery stools in excess of 3-4 times daily. The pain or discomfort is usually in the lower abdomen. Soft stools with a relatively low daily frequency usually are not indicative of C. diff. In summary, the presence of C. diff. in your stool in itself is not indicative of infection ...Read more

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Can amebiasis be present without diarrhea?

Can amebiasis be present without diarrhea?

Amoeba infection: It's common for someone to be infected with Entamoeba histolytica, the parasite that causes amoebic dysentery, to have no significant symptoms. In fact, probably only about 10% of people do. Most infections are found in developing countries where sanitation is not great. If you've traveled there and you think you have symptoms, you should get checked out by an Infectious Diseases specialist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing loose bowel for 2 days. Stool culture result showed no sign of salmonella, shigella or other vibro groups. Pus cells high.

Viral diarrhea: In light of negative stool cultures one has to assume you have a viral gastroenteritis. Eat a bland diet. Stay off of greasy and fried foods.Stay hydrated but refrain from milk and juice for5-7 days. ...Read more

Dr. Stefan Riedel
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Cryptococcus (Definition)

Cryptococcus =fungi which may cause Cryptococcosis. (i.e., Cryptococcus ...Read more