Balantidiasis

Parasitic Diseases, Protozoans

Animals Involved

Swine, rats, nonhuman primates, other animals

Known Distributions

Worldwide

Probable Means of Spreading

Ingestion, especially of water contaminated with feces

Clinical Manifestations in People

Asymptomatic to mucoid, bloody feces; intestinal hemorrhage and perforation possible; rare extraintestinal cases

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