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Title: Discovery of Eurytrema eggs in sediment from a colonial period latrine in Taiwan
Authors: Yeh, Hui-Yuan 
Cheng, Jeff Chieh-fu
Huang, Ching Jung
Zhan, Xiaoya
Wong, Weng Kin
Mitchell, Piers D.
Keywords: Humanities::General
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Yeh, H-Y., Cheng, J. C., Huang, C. J., Zhan, X., Wong, W. K., & Mitchell, P. D. (2019). Discovery of Eurytrema eggs in sediment from a colonial period latrine in Taiwan. The Korean Journal of Parasitology, 57(6), 595-599. doi:10.3347/kjp.2019.57.6.595
Journal: The Korean Journal of Parasitology 
Abstract: In this study we take a closer look at the diseases that afflicted Japanese police officers who were stationed in a remote mountainous region of Taiwan from 1921 to 1944. Samples were taken from the latrine at the Huabanuo police outpost, and analyzed for the eggs of intestinal parasites, using microscopy and ELISA. The eggs of Eurytrema sp., (possibly E. pancreaticum), whipworm and roundworm were shown to be present. True infection with Eurytrema would indicate that the policemen ate uncooked grasshoppers and crickets infected with the parasite. However, false parasitism might also occur if the policemen ate the uncooked intestines of infected cattle, and the Eurytrema eggs passed through the human intestines. These findings provide an insight into the diet and health of the Japanese colonists in Taiwan nearly a century ago.
ISSN: 0023-4001
DOI: 10.3347/kjp.2019.57.6.595
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2019 Korean Society for Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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