Blastocystis hominis is a microscopic parasite sometimes found in the stools of healthy people as well as in the stools of those who have diarrhea, abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal problems. Infection with blastocystis is called blastocystosis.
Symptoms associated with the infection are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, excessive gas, and anal itching. The cause of your diarrhea may be difficult to diagnose. Even if blastocystis is present on a fecal exam, it may not be causing your symptoms.
To prevent blastocystis or other gastrointestinal infection by taking a number of precautions while traveling in high-risk countries.
Potential medications for treating blastocystis infection include the antibiotic metronidazole, the combination medication sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, and the antiprotozoal medications iodoquinol or nitazoxanide.
The prevalence of this disease was found to be 5.2%, this is significantly higher than a previously reported prevalence from Australia of 0.9%.9 This increase in prevalence can be explained because an RT-PCR assay was used for the detection of D. fragilis as opposed to just relying on microscopy for the initial diagnosis.
Blastocystis Research Foundation is committed to research on Blastocystis hominis. Important research into Blastocystis hominis is being done right now in many university hospitals, medical centers and other institutions around the world.
The ongoing researches in Australia on Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever include: Effects of heating plasma at 56 degrees C for 30 min and at 60 degrees C for 60 min on routine biochemistry analytes, Genomic Characterization of Yogue, Kasokero, Issyk-Kul, Keterah, Gossas, and Thiafora Viruses: Nairoviruses Naturally Infecting Bats, Shrews, and Ticks, Enhanced arbovirus surveillance with deep sequencing: Identification of novel rhabdoviruses and bunyaviruses in Australian mosquitoes.