2019 Monthly Case Studies
A 42-year-old missionary worker, who is working in various western Pacific Islands, sought medical attention at a local health center for mild fevers and wheezing coughing episodes.
A journalist, who had been on location in Thailand for one week, started to experience abdominal/gastrointestinal symptoms including borborygmus (rumbling stomach), abdominal pain, and diarrhea about 3 weeks after returning home
A teenage female college student from Texas observed a foreign object in her feces and took it to her school health clinic.
A 55-year old man from Massachusetts removed a tick attached to his forearm after returning from a weekend camping trip.
A 39-year-old journalist with extensive travel throughout the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa sought medical attention for dysuria and occasional hematuria that had been progressing for several months.
Fecal specimens were collected from a refugee population as part of a screening program. Specimens were collected fresh for a direct smear examination and in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) from which smears were prepared and stained with trichrome stain.
A 62-year-old man returned from visiting family in Cambodia with fever and chills. Thick and thin blood smears stained with Giemsa were prepared and examined at 1000x magnification with oil.
A 10-year-old female patient from Argentina was taken to the hospital by her parent with complaints of “not feeling well.” A urine sample was collected and examined as part of the routine checkup.
As part of a health screening for refugees, a local private diagnostic laboratory was contracted to process fecal specimens.
A 36-year-old man, who has made 2-3 trips per year for the past 5 years to various countries in Africa, sought medical attention for a recent episode of angioedema of the face and arms.
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