Infectious Disease Compendium

Enterocytozoon bieneusi

Microbiology

A protozoan, a microsporidia.

Epidemiologic Risks

Drinking stool contaminated water. As most water is. That's why I drink only red wine. According to WC Fields, fish do something in water that may make it unpalatable. Or so they say.

Normal people can often get asymptomatic infection with chronic excretion (Ref).

And in Red­ Bellied Tree Squirrels (Callosciurus erythraeus) in Sichuan, China. So beware the Red­ Bellied Tree Squirrel feces.

Syndromes

Diarrhea, especially in AIDS.

Treatment

Nothing probably works in AIDS, can try 400 mg albendazole (bid x 4 weeks or longer) may decrease the frequency of stools.

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