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Locally acquired infection with Entamoeba histolytica in men who have sex with men in Australia

Damien J Stark, Rashmi Fotedar, John T Ellis and John L Harkness
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (8): 417.

To the Editor: We report three cases of locally acquired Entamoeba histolytica infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Sydney, New South Wales.

Damien J Stark, Senior Hospital Scientist1
Rashmi Fotedar, Research Assistant1
John T Ellis, Senior Lecturer2
John L Harkness, Department Head1
1 Microbiology Department, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
2 Department of Medical and Molecular Biosciences, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
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