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New Evidence of Entamoeba histolytica Infections in Pre-Columbian and Colonial Cemeteries in the Caribbean

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ELISA was used to test the presence of the human pathogenic amoeba Entamoeba histolytica in archaeological samples from 2 cemeteries in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. Results show that 15.9% of the population was infected during the colonial period, a value comparable to the current rates observed in humans in adjacent countries. This study also confirms the presence of the current strain of E. histolytica in pre-Columbian South America before the European colonization in the 15th century and raises the possibility of an earlier transfer from Europe to the Americas.
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hal-02502609 , version 1 (09-03-2020)

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Matthieu Le Bailly, Thomas Romon, Sacha Kacki. New Evidence of Entamoeba histolytica Infections in Pre-Columbian and Colonial Cemeteries in the Caribbean. Journal of Parasitology, 2014, 100 (5), pp.684-686. ⟨10.1645/13-476.1⟩. ⟨hal-02502609⟩
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