Blastocystis shows long term stability in asymptomatic individuals, high prevalence in Ireland

A study of Blastocystis infection in the Irish using sensitive DNA analysis techniques shows an overall prevalence of 56% in a point-prevalence study of 105 asymptomatic individuals.  A separate smaller study tracked Blastocystis infection in 5 asymptomatic and showed the presence and subtype of infection remained consistent over at least 5 years.  The study was published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

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