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Blastocystis in tap water of a community in northern Thailand

Jinatham, Vasana, Nonebudsri, Chadsiri, Wandee, Thanawat, Popluechai, Siam, Tsaousis, Anastasios D., Gentekaki, Eleni (2022) Blastocystis in tap water of a community in northern Thailand. Parasitology International, 91 . Article Number 102624. ISSN 1383-5769. (doi:10.1016/j.parint.2022.102624) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:98176)

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Abstract

Blastocystis is the most common protist in the gut of humans and other animals having global distribution. Occasionally, this organism has also been reported in the environment. Transmission to humans occurs via the fecal-oral route, while water also comprises a transmission route. Blastocystis has been commonly found in rivers, lakes, and wells. Nonetheless, there is limited data about the prevalence and genetic diversity of Blastocystis in tap water. The main aim of this study was to examine the presence of Blastocystis subtypes in tap water (n=20) in a community in northern Thailand. Molecular characterization using the small subunit ribosomal RNA was used to screen for Blastocystis and identify the diversity of subtypes in samples. The overall prevalence was 30% with only subtype three (ST3) encountered in the tap water. These results indicate that tap water has a potential role in the transmission of this subtype in the studied community. Further investigations should focus on expanding sampling to include additional housing complexes and screening for Blastocystis in humans who are exposed to this water.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.parint.2022.102624
Uncontrolled keywords: Blastocystis; Small subunit ribosomal RNA; Subtype; Tap water; Thailand.
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Depositing User: Anastasios Tsaousis
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2022 21:07 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 17:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/98176 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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