Human Diarrhea Parasite Found Lurking in Piglets

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Human Diarrhea Parasite Found Lurking in Piglets

An intestinal parasite that causes diarrhea in humans also makes its home in pigs.

The existence ofِ the single-celled parasite, Dientamoeba fragilis, inِ pigs isِ important, theِ researchers explain, becauseِ it mightِ meanِ pig feces areِ one wayِ theِ parasite hasِ beenِ spreading toِ humans.
In developed countries, D.
fragilis infection rates inِ people hover aroundِ 2 percent toِ 4 percent.