Balantidium coli

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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Balantidium coli: ciliated intestinal protozoa distributed worldwide which is a rare cause of tissue-invasive disease.
    • The only ciliated organism known to cause disease in humans.
    • Due to taxonomy work, also known as Neobalantidium coli or Balantioides coli.
    • Cysts can remain viable in the environment for up to 2 weeks.

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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Balantidium coli: ciliated intestinal protozoa distributed worldwide which is a rare cause of tissue-invasive disease.
    • The only ciliated organism known to cause disease in humans.
    • Due to taxonomy work, also known as Neobalantidium coli or Balantioides coli.
    • Cysts can remain viable in the environment for up to 2 weeks.

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Last updated: December 9, 2019