The prevalence of spp. and was determined in patients attending the enteric laboratory of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. During the 12-month study (October 1986-September 1987), spp. were isolated from 53 (2.26%) of 2350 patients with diarrhoea and only 2 (0.4%) of 500 patients without diarrhoea (p ≪ 0.01). Similarly, was isolated from 16 (0.68%) patients with diarrhoea and none of the controls (p≫0.05). The seasonality, age and sex distribution of diarrhoea associated with spp. and in this study were similar to those of diarrhoea associated with other recognised enteropathogens in Nigeria. Both species may play a role in the aetiology of acute diarrhoeal disease in that environment.


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