Paragonimosis in the Cajabamba and Condebamba districts, Cajamarca, Peru

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Stool samples from 409 pre-school and school students, living in six villages of the Cajabamba and Condebamba districts, Cajamarca, Perú, were examined using wet preparations and Lumbreras' method, looking for Paragonimus eggs. Fecal and sputum samples from two children (0.5%) of 6 and 8 year-old showed eggs of Paragonimus. One hundred and twenty freshwater crabs, Hypolobocera chilensis eigenmanni, were collected from the Condebamba valley and 21 (17.5%) of them were infected with P. mexicanus (syn. P. peruvianus) metacercariae. Our results show the persistence of Paragonimus in human beings and in the main source of infection, the crabs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalRevista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


  • Freshwater crab
  • Metacercariae
  • Paragonimosis
  • Paragonimus sp.


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