Havana, Apr 22 – Cuban and foreign experts will participate in the 6th International Conference on Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which will take place at Havana’s Convention Center from April 26 to 28 of this year.
‘In the event, organized by the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology, Cuba will show the latest research on these parasites, from an interdisciplinary perspective, announced the organizing committee.
The scientific event includes keynote lectures by international experts, as well as poster presentations and oral presentations, through which specialists will explore water and food transmission, animal infection, and diagnosis and treatment.
It also contemplates host-parasite interaction and pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology, clinical and public health aspects, cell biology, genomics, population genetics, traveler’s medicine and global health and social determinants, among other topics.
According to experts in the subject the parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia are recognized worldwide as emerging opportunistic agents, responsible for epidemic outbreaks caused by the ingestion of contaminated drinking water.
This can lead to different degrees of disease, acute or mild in the healthy population, to more serious situations that are sometimes fatal in immunocompromised patients.
Experts reiterate that the main antidote to avoiding this parasitosis is prevention and will depend on having a purified water supply, sanitary disposal of human and animal waste, washing fruits and vegetables before ingesting them and a proper hygiene that includes Wash hands before eating.
Giardiasis infection, also called giardiasis, is an intestinal disease caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia, which lives inside the digestive tract, in the small intestine.
Its main route of transmission is oral by ingestion of contaminated water, food that is eaten raw, poorly washed, or exposed after being made in the presence of vectors, such as flies and other insects that can carry on their bodies parasitic cysts of fecal matter.
Another path is zoonotic, through dogs or other domestic animals and is more frequent in children, refer to doctors.
Meanwhile, Cryptosporidium is a new human pathogen, associated with severe enteritis and perhaps cholecystitis in immunocompromised patients and self-limited diarrhea in the immunocompetent host.
Although the prevalence of the disease in humans is not known, recent studies suggest that it is a common cause of diarrhea in the world, particularly in young people.(ACN)