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Table 1 Blastocystis infection status of patients admitted via the Department of Tropical Medicine and patients admitted via other departments

From: Diagnosis and subtype analysis of Blastocystis sp.in 442 patients in a hospital setting in the Netherlands

Patient samples Total patients examined Blastocystis positive (%) ST1 ST2 ST3 ST4 Other ST NST a
Submitted via dept tropical diseases 133 50 (38%)b 13 (26%) 10 (20%)c 20 (40%) 5 (10%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%)
Submitted via other departments 309 57 (18%)b 10 (18%) 13 (23%) 23 (40%) 7 (12%) 1 (2%) 3 (5%)
Total population 442 107 (31%) 23 (21%) 23 (21%) 43 (40%) 12 (11%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%)
  1. a NST: not subtypable. These isolates were positive by microscopy only.
  2. b p < 0.0001.
  3. c one of these patients was negative by microscopy.