PARASITOLOGICAL AND IMMUNO-PREVALENCE OF GIARDIA LAMBLIA AMONG DIARRHOEIC PATIENTS ATTENDING BENI-SUEF UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Enas Yahia Abu-Sarea
Parasitology Departments, Faculty of Medicine, Beni-Suef University
G. lamblia is one of the intestinal protozoa that cause public health problems in most developing countries and some developed countries, which considered as one of the leading causative agents of diarrhoea in both children and adults. The present study was performed on one hundred and eighty patients presented with diarrhoea, attending the outpatients -clinics or admitted to the Internal, Tropical and Pediatric Medicine Departments of Beni-Suef University Hospital to determine the prevalence of G. lamblia as a cause of diarrhoea. The study was conducted from March 2010 to December 2010. All samples were examined microscopically; 3 samples/patient and by RIDA®Quick Giardia test (immuno- chromatographic[ICT] test).G. lamblia was detected in 36 individuals (20%).The sensitivity of the ICT test for detection of G. lamblia versus microscopy was 77.8 and the specificity was 100%. The study concluded that G. lamblia is a prevalent cause of diarrhoea in patients attending Beni-Suef University Hospital.