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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Parasitic Infections, Grounds for Survaillance and Updating



Havana, Feb 9.- The prevalence of Giardia infections all over the world forces specialists to keep this issue frequently updated, the vice president of the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, Ángel Escobedo told Prensa Latina.

Dr. Ángel Escobedo explained that Giardia and Cryptosporidium parasites, for example, have been increasingly investigated, proving that they no longer only affect poor countries, as it was initially thought.

We know that Third World boasts less favorable hygienic conditions fostering the proliferation of this type of infections; mainly in children and malnourished people or with poor health condition, the Second Degree Specialist in Parasitology stated.

Escobedo pointed out that Cuba has been at the cutting edge of controlling multiple parasitic infections. For this reason, Havana was chosen as the venue for the 6th International Conference on Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which will be held forthcoming April.

Malaria and other parasites have been controlled in our country, but unfortunately we have not had the same results with Giardia infections, even though there is a sharp research on this parasite. In the case of Cryptosporidium, we haven´t been able to make any progress.

Over 100 participants, from different nations, have confirmed to attend this gathering, including the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, Norway, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden and Egypt, as well as most of Latin American States.

Delegates will also have the chance of attending dissimilar issues as genomic and transcriptomy, the diverse clinical manifestations, treatments and epidemiology. (Prensa Latina)