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    Acanthamoeba castellanii: high antibody prevalence in racially and ethnically diverse populations

    Brindley, N. and Matin, Abdul and Khan, Naveed Ahmed (2009) Acanthamoeba castellanii: high antibody prevalence in racially and ethnically diverse populations. Experimental Parasitology 121 (3), pp. 254-256. ISSN 0014-4894.

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    Abstract

    Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic protozoan pathogen that can produce keratitis and rare but fatal encephalitis. In the present study, we examined secretory IgA antibody to Acanthamoeba castellanii of the T4 genotype in mucosal secretions from 114 individuals of 37 countries, inhabitants and/or visitors, aged 16–65 years in London, UK. Acanthamoeba antibody prevalence rate was more than 85%, without any significant differences between males (86.2%) and females (89.2%). Some epidemiological factors contributing to the high prevalence of antibody to Acanthamoeba in surveyed population are discussed further.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Acanthamoeba, epidemiology, prevalence, protozoa
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Biological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 10:00
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3899

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