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Volume 20, Number 1—January 2014

Foodborne Trematodiasis and Opisthorchis felineus Acquired in Italy

Herman F. Wunderink, Wouter Rozemeijer, Peter C. Wever, Jaco J. Verweij1, and Lisette van LieshoutComments to Author 

Author affiliations: Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands (H.F. Wunderink, J.J. Verweij, L. van Lieshout); Tergooihospitals, Hilversum, the Netherlands (W. Rozemeijer); Jeroen Bosch Hospital, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands (P.C. Wever)

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Clinical parameters and results of opisthorchiasis diagnostic tests for 3 Dutch travelers after visiting Tuscany, Italy, in 2011*

Patient Symptom severity Eosinophilia Liver enzyme level Microscopy finding Fasciola spp. †
Opisthorchis felineus real-time PCR
Index patient Severe Present Elevated Opisthorchis egg 1:128 <1:40 Positive, Ct 24.7
Travel companion 1 Moderate Present Elevated Opisthorchis egg 1:64 <1:40 Positive, Ct 25.1
Travel companion 2 Moderate Present Elevated Negative <1:32 1:160 Negative

*IFA, immunofluorescence assay; Ct, cycle threshold.
†Cut-off values for Fasciola spp. serology: IFA IgG 1:40, ELISA IgG 1:32.

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1Current affiliation: St. Elisabeth Hospital, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

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