Intestinal Spirochaetes in a Gulf Arab Population

Epidemiol Infect. 1990 Apr;104(2):261-6. doi: 10.1017/s0950268800059434.

Abstract

Spirochaetal bacteria were isolated from the faeces of 11.4% of 1000 hospital patients and 26.7% of 292 healthy local nationals in the Muscat area of the Sultanate of Oman. A case-control study of patient records showed the isolation of the spirochaete to be associated with Omani nationality, age in excess of 2 years and attendance at self-referral health-care facilities. No association was found with symptomatic intestinal disease or microscopic abnormalities of the stool.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carrier State / epidemiology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intestinal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oman / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Spirochaetales / isolation & purification
  • Spirochaetales Infections / epidemiology*