Giardiasis in day care centers: evidence of person to person transmission r3w2.p. Wells

R. E. Black, A. C. Dykes, S. P.J.G. Sinclair Wells

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Abstract

In August and September 1975, an outbreak of diarrhea occurred in children 1 to 3 1/2 years old attending a day-care center. An investigation revealed overlapping epidemics of shigellosis and giardiasis, with 54% of the children infected with Giardia lamblia. At two other centers 29% and 38% of the children had G. lamblia infection, but none had Shigella. The prevalence of G. lamblia in the day-care children was significantly higher than the 2% prevalence in age-matched children not in day-care centers. Epidemiologic data suggested fecal-oral transmission of the parasite from child to child in the centers and from infected children to other family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-491
Number of pages6
JournalPediatrics
Volume60
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Black, R. E., Dykes, A. C., & Sinclair Wells, S. P. J. G. (1977). Giardiasis in day care centers: evidence of person to person transmission r3w2.p. Wells. Pediatrics, 60(4), 486-491.