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Accurate Diagnosis of Parasites in Fixed Stool

Rebecca Traub of the University of Melbourne in Australia will develop a method to preserve fresh stool so that it can be transported over longer distances to central laboratories and used to diagnose intestinal parasites and monitor the different types. They will test two types of preservation, a 5% weight/volume potassium dichromate solution and 10% formalin, on the accuracy of identifying three different types of helminth eggs in fecal samples from infected individuals in Thailand over 120 days.

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