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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75  

Intestinal protists of medical importance

Dean- Research, Senior Professor, Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Date of Acceptance05-Mar-2014
Date of Web Publication12-Aug-2014

Correspondence Address:
Subhash Chandra Parija
Dean- Research, Senior Professor, Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.138531

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Hearty greetings to the readers of Tropical Parasitology.

We are happy to bring out the second issue for the year 2014, which centers on Entamoeba of human importance and other protozoan parasites. Entamoeba although a long known parasite causing intestinal and extra-intestinal disease, still is of epidemiological importance in tropical countries. Although Entamoeba histolytica is the widely known species attributed to human disease, recent findings raise the possible pathogenic role of other species such as Entamoeba dispar and also the newly discovered Entamoeba bangladeshi in human disease. Another important issue with respect to the diagnosis of amoebiasis is the differentiation of the pathogenic Entamoeba species from the more prevalent commensal species. Critical reviews on these aspects written by national and international experts sheds light on the grey areas to improvise the knowledge of the readers on amoebiasis.

Cryptosporidium species are yet another group of intestinal protists, which are currently increasingly found due to the advent of the HIV pandemic. The guest commentary written on this organism provides the reader a clear insight on the problems posed by this protozoan in a developing country like India. This issue also has an original article evaluating the various diagnostic procedures employed by a common microbiological laboratory for the detection of this coccidian parasite. Also presented, are original research works on the diagnosis and clinical outcome of other intestinal parasites, Plasmodium and Trypanosoma.

Studies which involve human subjects are essentially complete only after obtaining the informed consent for participation. The ethical issues involved in obtaining the consent are eloquently discussed in the "Ethics in series" section. Dr. John Ackers, an eminent faculty of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine answers queries pertaining to the advancements in parasitic research in the "Face to Face" section. The book on Blastocystis species written by Christen Rune Stensvold, a senior scientist at the Statens Serum Institute, Denmark is reviewed in this issue. Also presented under the dispatches and letter to the editor sections, are various interesting reports of rare manifestations of parasitic infections.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our editorial team, skilled reviewers, publishers and our sponsors for their efforts to bring out this issue. We eagerly anticipate that the information provided in this issue will satisfy the knowledge hungry reader to the fullest.


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