Campylobacter Jejuni Repeated Infections in Children from Rural Guatemala
In Guatemala, as in many other developing countries, diarrhoeal diseases continue to be the most important public health problem, with a high incidence and a heavy toll in childhood mortality. Among the many causes of diarrhoea, C. jejuni 1 is seldom reported in the routine search for pathogens due to the special conditions it requires for isolation and growth. This infection has been associated with mild, acute or persistent diarrhoea1. In Guatemalan children, seven percent of the C. jejuni infections result in acute dysentery2. As C. jejuni is only susceptible to erythromycin, it is crucial to make the differential diagnosis from dysentery caused by Shigellae or by Entamoeba histolytica, in order to prescribe the appropriate treatment3.
KeywordsNalidixic Acid Diarrhoeal Disease Entamoeba Histolytica Important Public Health Problem Persistent Diarrhoea
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