About Blastocystis

Blastocystis is a highly prevalent single-celled parasite that infects the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals.  It has become the most prevalent gastrointestinal parasitic infection in developed and many developing countries, and it will produce long-term diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other symptoms in healthy individuals.

BRF’s web site has written and audio descriptions from patients, information on the newest research in diagnosis and treatment of Blastocystis ’hominis’ infection, and information on BRF”s advocacy program.

Blastocystis highly prevalent in shelter cats and dogs, but not family pets

Researchers from Oregon State University, publishing in the journal PLOS-One, report that Blastocystis infection is highly prevalent in animals studied at a local animal shelter.

The researchers report that Blastocystis was found in 10/103 (9.7%) shelter-resident canines, and 12/103 (11.65%) shelter-resident felines. In contrast, Blastocystis was not detected in any of the pets owned by families in the study.

For details, or to view the study, follow this link to PLOS-One.

Springer-Verlag publishes first major textbook on Blastocystis

Springer-Verlag has published the world’s first major textbook on Blastocystis.  The text, assembled by Parasitology Research editor Heinz Mehlhorn and long-time Blastocystis researchers Kevin Tan and Hisao Yoshikawa.

BRF co-founder Ken Boorom contributed two chapters that investigate the analytical process behind using research studies to make a decision about pathogenicity, and suggest that the difficulties associated with Blastocystis recur frequently in the medical community.

The text is sure to become a classic work in this field, and has both scientific and historical significance.  It would be a valuable addition to any collection or library.

Read excerpts on Springer-Verlag’s Site, purchase there

Read excerpts on Amazon.com, purchase the text there