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What is Balantidiasis?

Description of the disease

Balantidiasis is a parasitic disease caused by a single-celled organism known as Balantidium coli. This parasite can affect the large intestine of humans and animals.


  • Cystic balantidiasis
  • Course of balantidiasis


  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Dehydration


The disease is caused by contact with contaminated fecal matter, water, or soil. Most commonly, this occurs through the consumption of contaminated food or water.


Diagnosis of balantidiasis is done by analyzing feces for the presence of cysts and trophozoites of Balantidium.


Treatment of balantidiasis usually involves taking antiparasitic medications, such as metronidazole or tinidazole.


To prevent balantidiasis, it is necessary to observe hygiene rules, only consume clean water and food, and be cautious when visiting public places.


The physician responsible for diagnosing and treating balantidiasis is an infectious disease specialist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.