Seroepidemiology of amebiasis in the orang asli (western Malaysian aborigine) and other Malaysians

R. H. Gilman, C. Davis, E. Gan, M. Bolton

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The indirect hemagglutination test was used to study antibody titers to Entamoeba histolytica in different Malaysian populations. 87% of Orang Asli (western Malaysian aborigines) adults and 79% of Orang Asli children with acute amebic dysentery were seropositive. However, significantly fewer children (39%) with amebic dysentery had high titer responses (titer ≥ 1:1,280) than did adults with amebic dysentery (76%). No correlation between proctoscopic severity and amebic titer was found. 44% of asymptomatic family members were seroresponders. Satak, an Orang Asli village located near towns, had significantly more seroresponders (32%) than did the isolated, deep jungle village, Belatim (4%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-666
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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