Monthy Case Studies - 2003
A 24-year-old man experienced diarrhea that was mucoid and bloody, and he also had fever and gastrointestinal pain and cramping.
A 70-year-old man was seen by an ophthalmologist for eye pain. Upon examination, the doctor found and removed a subconjuctival worm that was enclosed in a cyst.
A middle-aged man from East Africa, who had immigrated to the United States 20 years ago, had an intermittent fever for two weeks, which progressed to a daily fever with chills.
A 23 year-old male went to a local health department and requested screening as he believed he may have become infected with parasites while on a visit to Ecuador in September of this year.
An outbreak of diarrhea affecting persons from one year of age to 70 years of age occurred in the Northeast region of Kansas.
A survey of intestinal parasites in school-aged children was conducted in a village in Kenya. Specimens were sent to a reference laboratory for processing and parasite identification.
An HIV positive, middle-aged man with severe weight loss was being managed at a local hospital. The attending physician requested that the patient be tested for microsporidia and that a routine ova and parasites (O & P) examination be performed.
A female patient who received kidney and pancreas transplants from a cadaveric donor returned to the hospital with febrile illness six and a half weeks after the surgery. Recent travel outside of the US was not reported.
A 32-year-old freelance photographer went on a field assignment in the Amazon rain forest. Upon his return, he complained of intermittent abdominal discomfort such as mild cramping and occasional loose stools.
A 39-year-old male Liberian native, currently living in Rhode Island, has sickle cell thalassemia. His condition made it necessary for him to receive multiple blood transfusions.
A 56-year-old man occasionally eats medium-rare cooked fish. One evening the man felt something moving in his mouth and, after he extracted it, discovered that it was a worm.
A man was seen by his physician for an uncomfortable, sporadic twitch of his eyelids. Several years earlier the man had been to Nigeria and had a worm extracted from the surface of his eye.
A U.S. citizen traveled to the West Indies and stayed there for a month. About two weeks after returning from the region, the patient was seen by a physician for a high fever.
A 29-year-old man was seen by his primary care physician for intermittent abdominal pain and traces of blood in his stool. The man had traveled to Mexico on a camping vacation 1 week prior to the onset of symptoms.
A local laboratory received a fecal specimen for ova and parasites (O & P) as part of an investigation to identify clusters of cyclosporiasis cases.
A 37-year-old woman experienced fever, weight loss, and weakness for several months after traveling to Dubrovnik (Croatia).
A 27-year-old woman sought treatment for intermittent diarrhea and mild abdominal pain one week after returning from a camping trip in Washington state. She and three friends had camped in the Lewis and Clark Trail State Park, but her friends did not have any symptoms even though they all ate the same food.
A 33-year-old man coughed up a worm after eating raw fish. The worm was submitted to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory for identification and then forwarded to CDC for consultation.
A 38-year-old physician (radiologist) moved to the United States from India seven years ago, but he still makes frequent trips back to India.
A 17-month-old girl was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital after vomiting a worm. The mother of the child told the attending physician that the child had intermittent diarrhea and some weight loss during the last few weeks.
A research study was conducted in a small community in Haiti to assess the prevalence of intestinal parasitic diseases in school-age children.
A 3-year-old boy, born in Florida to Haitian parents, had never traveled outside the United States until he went to Haiti with his parents (12/17/02 to 1/8/03).
A 35-year-old woman, who wears contact lenses, was seen by a physician for conjunctivitis she had experienced for one year.
A 61-year-old woman from Rhode Island with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had bone marrow transplants in 1996 and June 2002.