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Table 2 B. coli infection status according to biophysical properties of stool samples and frequency of diarrhea

From: Prevalence and risk factors of human Balantidium coli infection and its association with haematological and biochemical parameters in Ga West Municipality, Ghana

Parameter Non–infected n (%) Infected n (%) Fisher’s Exact Test (p–value)
Consistency    
 Formed specimens 141 (38.0) 8 (18.6) 3.3 (0.067)
 Semi–formed specimens 168 (42.3) 9 (20.9) 4.3 (0.037)
 Loose specimens 52 (14.0) 21 (48.8) 18.4 (< 0.001)
 Bloody specimens 10 (2.7) 4 (9.3) 4.6 (0.03)
 Mucoid and bloody specimens 0 (0) 1 (2.3)
Occult blood    
 Present 51 (13.7) 43 (100) 68.1 (< 0.001)
 Absent 320 (86.3) 0 (0)
Diarrhea in recent time*    
 Frequent 69 (18.6) 15 (34.9) 3.8 (0.05)
 Not frequent 109 (29.4) 28 (65.1) 9.3 (0.002)
 Not applicable** 193 (52.0) 0 (0)
  1. *Frequent diarrhea is at least one episode of diarrhea a week. Not frequent diarrhea is at most one episode of diarrhea every fortnight; **No history of diarrhea in recent times