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1 December 2012 Sixteenth Century Gymnophalloides seoi Infection on the Coast of the Korean Peninsula
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Gymnophalloides seoi is a trematode species discovered as recently as 1993. Interestingly, ancient G. seoi eggs were identified in our earlier study on a 17th Century female mummy unearthed in a Korean county (HD-1) where G. seoi infection, according to a nationwide survey of 2001, was considered not to have been endemic. Although we suspected that the geographical distribution of G. seoi might have contracted over the past several hundred years from wider coastal areas on the Korean peninsula to the much more restricted region delineated by the survey, there has been only the single, above-noted report of an ancient G. seoi infection in a currently non-endemic area. As such, more evidence is needed before our contraction theory of G. seoi infection prevalence can be confirmed as fact. Our current report in this regard will perhaps help to end the controversy. In a newly discovered 17th Century male mummy found in another Korean county considered non-endemic by the 2001 survey, we identified a large number of ancient G. seoi eggs. We believe that this additional evidence for a wider distribution of G. seoi infection prior to the 20th Century is invaluable support for our earlier hypothesis.

Dong Hoon Shin, Chang Seok Oh, Jong-Yil Chai, Min Ju Ji, Hye-Jung Lee, and Min Seo "Sixteenth Century Gymnophalloides seoi Infection on the Coast of the Korean Peninsula," Journal of Parasitology 98(6), 1283-1286, (1 December 2012).
Published: 1 December 2012

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